PhD Student on Lipids in Redox Signaling

The research project ZIK plasmatis (group: plasma & liquids) at the INP Greifswald focuses on biochemical and cellular redox processes in cancer and wound biology. Specifically, we want to understand the translation of redox signals from the outside into the inside of mammalian cells or tissues. Biochemical models and accompanying in vitro/in vivo models will route the project’s progress towards modulating the biochemistry of short lived reactive species.     

The INP Greifswald is the largest European low temperature plasma research institute outside of academia and ranks amongst the most modern institutions in this field worldwide. We carry out fundamental and applied research FROM IDEA TO PROTOTYPE. In an international environment, we are dealing with topics that are relevant to society within the research areas Materials & Energy as well as Environment & Health. Currently about 180 employees are working at three locations in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

To strengthen our research group, we are seeking to hire for the location in Greifswald from 1st January 2018 a motivated


The 66%-position is granted for 3 years / TV-L Ost wage group 13.

Job description:
The topic of your PhD will focus on the role of lipids in redox signaling. It is known, that inflammatory processes or physical noxae like UV light lead to the production of signal lipids (e.g. prostaglandins, 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal) which in turn trigger physiological reactions. Cold physical plasma delivers reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, which are relevant in redox biology. Your task will be to look into their interaction with lipid models and cell membranes and to look for consecutive down-stream processes in mammalian cells and tissue and – collaborating with other researchers – subsequent immunological processes.

In your doctoral thesis you will:
  • investigate the biochemical impact of short lived reactive species on model lipid systems, using state of the art techniques;
  • translate these findings into cell models with emphasis on downstream signaling;
  • evaluate these findings in primary cell / tissue models.
Your profile:
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent, e.g. German diploma) in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology or similar
  • Interest in analytical approaches, e.g. LC-mass spectrometry, spectroscopic techniques, or electrochemistry (experience welcome)
  • Previous work on lipid analysis, preferably in conjunction with redox signaling desirable
  • teamwork competency and vivid inter-personal communication skills
  • Technical savvy and comfort with computers, scientific software and technology-based life science research is essential.
We offer:
  • Payment and social benefits according to the collective agreement for Federal States (TVL-Ost)
  • Modern lab infrastructure and excellent research tools
  • Internal trainings (e.g. project management, scientific writing)
  • Interdisciplinary research – scientists from biology, pharmacy, chemistry, physics under one roof
  • A work environment certified as family-friendly (e.g. flexible working hours)
For further information, you are welcome to contact Dr. Kristian Wende (Tel.: 03834-554 3923; e-mail:

The INP promotes equal participation of men and women. Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualification.

The INP cannot reimburse application expenses.

Please send us your application including your CV, a list of publications and a description of your research interest and experience - preferably by using our online application form - by indicating the reference number “0247 – Ph.D. Student Lipids in Redox Signaling” until 03rd December 2017. Please address inquiries to the INP Greifswald, Human Resources Department, Mrs. Gabriele Lembke, Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald, Germany, e-mail:
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