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Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in Molecular and Functional Neurobiology

The University of Luxembourg has the following vacancy in the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB):
Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in Molecular and Functional Neurobiology (m/f)
  • 14 month initial contract, extendable to 36 month, full-time (40h/week)
  • Student status (start date: as soon as possible)
  • Ref.: I1R-MFN-PFN-15MIPD
    Research area:
    Investigation of the involvement of the mitochondrial genome in the pathogenesis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease using stem cell-derived cellular models
    Your tasks/mission:
  • Generation/maintenance of induced pluripotent stem cells and subsequent differentiation into dopaminergic neurons
  • Establishment and application of assays to assess mitochondrial DNA integrity, respiratory chainfunction and mitochondrial dynamics
  • Use of single-cell analysis approaches
  • Application and development of quantitative microscopy imaging techniques
Your profile:  
  • A Master degree or equivalent in Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, or related discipline
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary research and cellular models of neurodegeneration
  • Profound knowledge of molecular genetics, biochemistry and cell biology
  • Expertise with inducible pluripotent stem cell technology desirable
  • Excellent communication, team-working and interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiasm and great commitment to research
  • Very good command of the English language
We offer:
  • Fully funded position
  • Exciting international research environment
  • Opportunity to participate in the development of the LCSB
  • Travel opportunities for training and meeting with our collaborators
  • In-depth training in cutting-edge techniques including laser capture microdissection, Seahorse technology and confocal microscopy including cellular in vivo imaging
  • Numerous training opportunities in (molecular) biology, systems biology, and neurogenetics
  • The University of Luxembourg offers highly competitive salaries based on the candidate's experience and is an equal opportunity employer
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Anne Grünewald at
Applications (in English) should contain the following documents:
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter mentioning the reference number
  • List of publications (if any)
  • Description of past research experience and future interests
  • Name and addresses of three referees
    Please apply online until 12th March 2016 via the following link:
How to apply:
Please apply online until 12th March 2016 via the following link:
Send application to
Anne Grünewald
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: I1R-MFN-PFN-15MIPD

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The University of Luxembourg, founded in 2003, is a multilingual, international research university in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg – the small state in the very heart of Europe, home to the Luxembourg Financial Centre and European Union Institutions. As for research, the University focuses on International finance, ICT Security, systems biomedicine, European law, business law as...

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