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PhD Position in Life Sciences

Within the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 1830, the following PhD Position is available in the lab of Prof. Dr. Martin van der Laan (Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Biogenesis and Functional Architecture of Mito­chondria, Faculty of Medicine, Saarland University, Homburg):
The mitochondrial protein sorting machinery as molecular target for treatment of
OXPHOS-deficiency disorders
Mitochondria synthesize the vast majority of cellular ATP via oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS). Many proteins involved in this fundamental energy-converting process are encoded by nuclear genes and imported into mitochondria after synthesis in the cytosol. The presequence translocase (TIM23) is the major protein import and sorting machinery of the inner mitochondrial membrane. TIM23 mediates both, ATP-driven import of soluble proteins into the matrix and membrane-potential-driven integration of hydrophobic proteins into the inner membrane. We recently demonstrated that genetic and pharmacological modulation of specific TIM23 activities improves the survival of ATP synthase-defective yeast and human cells. In this project, we will employ diverse biochemical, genetic, and cell biological methods to analyze the molecular mechanisms underlying this unexpected rescue and test its general applicability in different models of OXPHOS-deficiency disorders.
The program includes a 6-months stay in a lab of our Canadian partners and offers excellent scientific and transferable skills training at all participating locations. The program language is English and there are no tuition fees. The successful candidate will receive a contract (65% TVL13), as well as support with administrative matters, accommodation, visas etc. We invite applications from highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality and we are looking forward to your application for the PhD fellowship in our group.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Please only use our online application form ( http://www.irtg1830.com/application/ ).
Send application to
Dr. Gabriele Amoroso
Department of Plant Physiology
Faculty of Biology
University of Kaiserslautern
D-67663 Kaiserslautern
Phone: + 49 (0)631-205-3633
Fax: +49 (0)631-205-2600
Email: gamoroso@rhrk.uni-kl.de

Job profile

Working hours
Can be Full-Time or Part-Time
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Saarland)
Working place
66421 Homburg (Saar)
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry, Human medicine