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PhD in Duesseldorf and Greifswald, Germany, Department of Neurology

 Heinrich-Heine University  Düsseldorf
The Department of Neurology, Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany, offers a position for a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) student. The position is embedded in and funded by the DFG (german research foundation) priority program 1927 „FeS for life“. Next to scientific excellence, the priority program guarantees visits of national and international meetings, summer schools, lab rotations, and a variety of collaborations. Salary will be based on the TVL (65% E13).

The project of the requested PhD student is a joint project of the Universities Duesseldorf (Carsten Berndt) and Greifswald (Christopher Horst Lillig) dedicated to the diseases multiple sclerosis (Duesseldorf, in particular Duesseldorf MS Center, Prof. O. Aktas) and cardiac hypertrophy (Greifswald). Hence, parts of the PhD project will be performed in Greifswald, Germany. Both diseases are characterized as iron accumulating diseases. We and others identified oxidoreductases of the thioredoxin family as important regulators of cellular iron homeostasis. Interestingly, these proteins are FeS coordinating enzymes themselves. We are interested in the role of these FeS-cluster coordinating oxidoreductases during progression of the diseases and new potential therapeutic strategies based on their functions.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with documented experience in experimental scientific work that are interested in this new research field and in the implementation of new techniques. Candidates with expereince in cell culture techniques, animal models, iron metabolism and/or redox biology are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should hold a diploma/Master degree in biology, biochemistry or related natural sciences.

The PhD student will be trained in a variety of methods including biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, and animal (mouse) disease models.

Please send your application including CV, certificates, summary of former research activities and names of two references via email to (deadline: 17th of June).

Please refer to the reference number berndt_jobvector2.

How to apply:
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Send application to
Carsten Berndt
Heinrich-Heine University
Thiol Redox Research in Molecular Neurology
Department of Neurology
Life Science Center
Merowingerplatz 1a
40225 Duesseldorf, Germany
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: berndt_jobvector2

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