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PhD fellowship in biology / life sciences

PhD fellowship in biology / life sciences is currently available at the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

We are an international laboratory for matrix biology with up to 25 researchers. Our major gaols are to identify novel anti-fibrotic targets, elucidate the underlying pathogenic pathways and come up with candidate therapies for clinical use. We have national and international cooperation partners in academics and pharmaceutical industry.
We are looking for a highly motivated and outstanding PhD student to work on a project focusing on Gli2 inhibition in fibrosing disorders. The project is closely related to projects within the EULAR Center of Excellence.
We provide excellent resources including a fully-equipped laboratory for conducting experiments to analyze matrix metabolism. The student will work with immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, qPCR, ELISA, WB, nucleofection, siRNA, reporter assay, ChIP assay, among other methods. The student’s project will comprise various in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo systems (genetic and non-genetic mouse models). We offer generous travel support for conferences, and an excellent international research network.

Required/desired skills:
• graduation at a Master´s level (or equivalent) by the time of application with an above-average university degree (B+ or better; 2+ or better) in biological or biomedical sciences (biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular life science, molecular medicine).
• strong interest in biomedical research
• experience in cell culture, molecular biological techniques, and/or animal models is advantageous
• ability to work both independently and co-operatively within an international research team
• excellent written and spoken English

The PhD student is expected to publish his/her results in a high-impact journal. Funding for a 3-year employment is available.

Applications should include:
  • cover letter indicating relevant qualifications
  • curriculum vitae
  • attached school certificate
  • certificate of university diploma / master degree
  • brief summary of practical skills/research experience
  • names of two references with contact details
Applications (in English or German) will be considered on an on-going basis until the position is filled.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Please send applications electronically to Dr. Clara Dees.
Send application to
Please do not hesitate to ask further questions:

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Bayern)
Working place
91054 Erlangen
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences