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14 PhD positions in Autophagy Research (SFB 1177)

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The Sonderforschungsbereich 1177 (SFB 1177) on Molecular and Functional Characterization of Selective Autophagy has recently received funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and is looking to recruit  
14 PhD students
(E13 65% TV-G-U)

Deadline for all applications is the 11th December 2015.
The SFB will be established as an interdisciplinary research network between the Goethe University Frankfurt a. M., the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, the Georg-Speyer-Haus in Frankfurt a. M. and the Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH in Mainz. Projects within the SFB cover the complete range from molecular mechanisms of autophagy to functional studies in cellular models, model organisms and human disease models. Information on available projects is listed below; further details can be obtained from the respective group leaders or under www.SFB1177.de. The SFB 1177 is well embedded in the excellent research infrastructure at both universities; all participating sites offer access to state-of-the-art technologies, well-equipped laboratories, a vibrant scientific exchange and an internationally competitive scientific training program.

Candidates should have a first-class academic degree in a Life Science-related discipline (Master’s degree or equivalent for PhD positions), a strong background in biochemistry or cell biology (record of relevant peer-reviewed publications is mandatory for postdoctoral candidates), and be highly motivated and enthusiastic to join the fast-moving and internationally highly competitive field of autophagy research. As part of the SFB, we offer tailored interdisciplinary training to all researchers in the network, a framework of common scientific activities and a strong mentorship for future career development. PhD students will be affiliated with the Graduate School of either Frankfurt or Mainz University to ensure a well-structured, first-class education.

Applicants should choose their field of interest from the projects listed below and send their application in a single pdf-file including cover letter, CV, scanned academic degrees, list of publications and contact details of two references with contact details to the responsible group leader. Successful candidates are appointed from 01.01.2016 or later and will be located in Frankfurt or Mainz, depending on the project leader. The positions are initially limited to two years with the possibility of extension.
All participating institutions are equal opportunity employers and female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The limitation of the contracts is based on the legal framework defined by the “Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz” and the “Hochschulgesetz” of Hessen or Rheinland-Pfalz, respectively. Reception of the formal approval letter by the DFG is pre-requisite for employment. 
PhD projects:
Systemic analysis of autophagy degradome
Dr. Christian Behrends, Institute of Biochemistry II, FB16, GU Frankfurt, behrends@em.uni-frankfurt.de
Regulatory interplay between autophagosomal and endosomal pathways
Prof. Dr. Ivan Dikic, Institute of Biochemistry II, FB16, GU Frankfurt, ivan.dikic@biochem2.de
Regulation of autophagy by deubiquitylating enzymes
Dr. Anja Bremm, BMLS, FB16, GU Frankfurt, bremm@em.uni-frankfurt.de
Evolution of autophagy and role in aging and development
Prof. Dr. Heinz D. Osiewacz, Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften, FB15, GU Frankfurt, osiewacz@bio.uni-frankfurt.de
Crosstalk between autophagy, apoptosis, and mitochondrial dynamics during development and tumorigenesis
Dr. Christian Pohl, BMLS, FB16, GU Frankfurt, pohl@em.uni-frankfurt.de
Protein engineering of sensors and modulators of autophagy
Dr. Andreas Ernst, Institute of Biochemistry II, FB16, GU Frankfurt, ernst@biochem2.de
Regulation of autophagy in pathogen-induced and sterile inflammation
Prof. Dr. Liliana Schaefer, Institut für Allgemeine Pharmakologie und Toxikologie, FB16, GU Frankfurt, schaefer@med.uni-frankfurt.de
Crosstalk of autophagy and inflammatory signaling pathways during acute intestinal inflammation
Prof. Dr. Florian Greten, Georg-Speyer-Haus, Frankfurt, greten@gsh.uni-frankfurt.de
The autophagy receptors p62 and CBL in normal and malignant hematopoiesis
PD Dr. Christian Brandts, Medizinische Klinik II, FB16, GU Frankfurt, brandts@em.uni-frankfurt.de
Molecular targeting of autophagy in glioblastoma
Prof. Dr. Simone Fulda, Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Pediatrics, FB16, GU Frankfurt, Simone.Fulda@kgu.de

Contact detail

How to apply:
Applicants for PhD and postdoctoral positions should choose their field of interest from the projects listed above and send their application in a single pdf-file including cover letter, CV and references to the responsible group leader.
Send application to
See above the individual Email-addresses for applying to individual PhD projects.

Job profile

Working hours
Can be Full-Time or Part-Time
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz)
Working place
60590 Frankfurt am Main
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences