PhD position: Disease-related protein interaction networks

The Ahmadian group at the Institute of Biochemistry & Molecular biology IIof the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf in Germanyis expert in the field of RAS/RHO biochemistry with a long-term focus on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of disease-related signaling pathways. Our interests can be subdivided into three main themes: (i) Elucidation of the structure-function relationship of protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions; (ii) characterization and in vitroreconstitution of signaling networks in solution and on synthetic liposomes; (iii) identification and validation of new interacting surfaces as potential drug target sites. In this context, we assign concrete topics for PhD research.

Activities and responsibilities

  • Production andpurificationof proteins
  • Cell-based isolation of native protein complexes
  • Generation of synthetic membrane mimetics, e.g. liposomes and nanodiscs
  • Kinetics of protein-protein/protein-lipid interactions & enzymes
  • In vitro-reconstitution of liposome-associated protein interaction networks

Qualification profile

  • Excellent graduate in the field of biochemistry or biophysics (Master or equivalent)
  • Highly motivated and committed
  • Strong background in liposome-based protein-protein interactions
  • Self-initiative,independent, well-structured working skills
  • A supportive and encouraging team player
  • Very good verbal and written English communication skills


  • Well-equipped laboratories and infrastructure
  • State-of-the-art methods in Biochemistry, Biophysics and cell biology
  • Supervision and mentorship by experiencedscientists
  • Integration into an international Research training group 
  • Workshop introductions into i.a. Good Scientific Practice
  • Regular progress meetings, brainstorming sessions and journal clubs
  • National and international scientific meetings and workshops
  • The position is imited to 36 months with a salary in accordance with TV-L E13/65%
  • Your application in English, merged into one single PDF document, including acover letter stating your interests and why you would fit into this project, curriculum vitae, degree certificates and study transcripts with the grading scheme, an abstract (maximum 1 page) of your diploma or master thesis, a list of your publications (if available), addresses of two potential references and, if available, letters of recommendation, and tangible proof of your fluency in English (TOEFL, Cambridge certificate, IELTS)

Send application to

Prof. Dr. Reza Ahmadian
Institute of Biochemy & Molecular biology II
Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
Universitätsstrasse 1, Gebäude 22.03.06
40225 Düsseldorf

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector

About Klinikum der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Unser Forschungsinteresse gilt der Untersuchung der Mechanismen der biologischen Signalvermittlung

More about Klinikum der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf