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PhD position in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Bremen

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One PhD position in Biochemistry and Cell Biology is available immediately in the research group of Sebastian Springer at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.
The Springer group investigates the intracellular transport and maturation of membrane proteins, especially of MHC class I proteins, which are peptide receptors of the immune system and excellent model systems for cell biology. We typically use multifaceted approaches that encompass methods from bioinformatics, biophysics, biochemistry, biotechnology, and cell biology. More information is available at http://springergroup.user.jacobs-university.de.

The murine cytomegalovirus retains MHC class I proteins (and other factors of the immune system) inside the cell to inhibit the immune response (see our publication in J. Cell Sci. 129 (2016), 219). The holder of the position will focus especially on the molecular mechanism of this retention. This involves studying protein trafficking and protein-protein interactions by pulse-chase, co-immunoprecipitation, in vitro assays, and microscopy.
For this position, an MSc degree or equivalent in biochemistry or cell biology with a laboratory-based thesis is required. We look for coworkers who are ambitious, energetic, creative, intellectual, and consciously independent. You should be happy to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and be a good teamworker. We expect that you will shape the project yourself, to learn new methods, and pursue collaborations with others in- and outside the group.

Jacobs University is a private research and teaching university. Our life sciences laboratories have state-of-the-art equipment for research in biochemistry, cell biology, and biophysics. There are about 10 research groups in the life sciences with about 50 PhD students. The campus is a very exciting and friendly English-language environment with undergraduate and graduate students from 80 nations.

The post is limited to three years. Review of the applications will begin immediately. This advertisement is valid until January 31, 2016. The project is funded by the German Research Council (DFG).

Applications should contain a CV and a specific letter of motivation that details your previous research experience and your interest in our work. They should be directed to Prof. Sebastian Springer, Jacobs University Bremen, Campus Ring 1, D-28757 Bremen, Germany, s.springer@jacobs-university.de . Please also name a referee whom we may contact.

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How to apply:
Please send your application by email or mail to the contact address. 
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Prof. Sebastian Springer, Jacobs University Bremen, Campus Ring 1, D-28757 Bremen, Germany, s.springer@jacobs-university.de 

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Bremen)
Working place
28759 Bremen
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences