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Master student (M.Sc.) (w, m)

As a modern maximum-care hospital with a capacity of approximately 1,400 beds, the University Hospital of Cologne is dedicated to the practice of innovative academic medical excellence and assumes important societal functions in the fields of research, education and health care. The University Hospital of Cologne provides treatment to over 312,000 patients annually, with 60,000 of them receiving inpatient care. With more than 10,300 employees from over 80 nations the University Hospital of Cologne is one of the largest employers in Cologne and ranks among the leading university clinics in Germany.
The Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Cologne is seeking applications for a 6-month
Master student (M.Sc.) (w, m)
for a project in applied life sciences
A Master student position is open in the Alcazar laboratory “Experimental Pulmonology” at the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, University of Cologne, Germany (starting 01.03.2016), to study the molecular mechanisms of normal and abnormal late lung development.  Dr. Alejandre Alcazar recently returned from the Stanford University and started his own research group funded by the DFG. The main objective of the project – in collaboration with the University of Düsseldorf - is to investigate the impact of nutritional factors during gestation and postnatal period on lung development, in particular on the pathogenesis of bronchial asthma. We are investigating whether nutritional intervention in an early stage of life can prevent the development of features of chronic lung disease. This applied life science project will offer the possibility to learn and experience a variety of techniques to address our scientific goal: protein and gene analyses, histology and immunhistochemistry, primary cell isolation, cell culture studies, and cell function assays.
Your responsibilities will include:
  • Working on the research project focused on deciphering the mechanisms of normal and  abnormal lung development using unique newborn animal models
  • Discovery of the impact of nutritional modification on lung development
  • Characterization of the pulmonary phenotype, including quantitative morphometric lung analysis, immunhistochemical-immunfluorescence studies
  • Assessment of protein and gene expression/interaction in the lung
  • Publishing impactful original research papers
Minimum qualifications:
  • BSc degree in biology, molecular life sciences or a related field
  • A strong interest in lung development and applied biology
  • Candidates with a bachelor thesis in molecular biology and lung biology are preferred
  • Previous experience in protein analyses and immunhistochemistry is preferred
  • Candidates should be creative and capable of pursue a competitive research project while       working in collaboration with postdoc and other team members under the supervision of the team leader
The Board of Directors of the University Hospital of Cologne places strong emphasis on gender equality and seeks to increase the proportional representation of women in this field. Thus applications from female scientists are welcome; suitably qualified women will be given preferential consideration unless other candidates clearly demonstrate superior qualifications.
We also welcome applications from disabled candidates, who will also be given preferential consideration over other applicants with comparable qualifications.
Please submit your application or enquiries to Dr. Dr. Miguel A. Alejandre Alcazar (+49 221 478-96876)
Further information is available on the internet at
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Please submit your application or enquiries to Dr. Dr. Miguel A. Alejandre Alcazar (+49 221 478-96876)
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