PhD Student Positions

The University Hospital of Münster is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. Such a position cannot be achieved by size and medical successes alone. The individual commitment counts above all. We need your commitment so that even with little things we can achieve great things for our patients. There are many possibilities open for you so that you may develop with them.

The Department of Neurology (Head: Prof. Dr. Heinz Wiendl) offers two attractive PhD Positions within the research group of PD Dr. Luisa Klotz, which deals with the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis and development and characterization of new therapeutic strategies. The project will be embedded within the local Sonderforschungsbereiche „breaking barriers“ (SFB1009) and „Multiple Sclerosis“ (CRC TR 128).

PhD Student Positions
Ref.: 11577

Part-Time with 19,25 (hours/week)
(Germany salary grade: E 13 TV-G-U, 65 %)
TV-L E13 Research Scientist

Within the project, we aim to unravel the mechanisms of immune cell activation and transmigration at the blood-brain-barrier in the context of Multiple Sclerosis employing both state-of-the-art basic science techniques as well as translational approaches. 

Successful candidates will be highly motivated researchers with a keen interest in (neuro)immunology, strong organizational and teamwork abilities, and high interest and motivation to work in a team.

  • Master of science in any scientific field of study with an immunological background
  • Keen interest in experimental (neuro) immunological approaches

Ideal candidates would additionally be characterized by:
  • Expertise in immunological assays and in flow cytometry
  • Sharing our passion to push the limits in understanding CNS autoimmunity

Our group:
Our group has a long-standing interest in understanding the mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of Multiple Sclerosis, in identifying and characterizing new potential targets for treatment of CNS autoimmunity, and in understanding the complex mechanisms of action of new immune modulatory treatments. Our projects encompass both, basic science projects and projects with a clear translational aspect. Due to our strong focus in neuroimmunology, we offer very modern flow cytometry facilities as well as several animal models of multiple sclerosis. Finally, our translational research is strongly supported by a state-of-the-art immune cell biobank encompassing a large and well characterized sample collection of MS specimen.

We have a lively interaction with several highly renowned groups in the field of immunology and neuroimmunology, reflected by our ongoing collaborations within the Sonderforschungsbereich „breaking barriers“ the Transregio SFB „Multiple Sclerosis“ and Participation in the Excellence Initiative Cells in Motion.

We offer you the possibility of:
  • Working in a highly motivated interdisciplinary team contributing to our understanding of CNS autoimmunity with the particular skills that you already have and will further develop
  • Gaining broad insight into a wide range of immunological approaches and learning a number of key (neuro-) immunological techniques
  • Supervision and project guidance by an experienced group leader
  • Developing your own research profile in order to pursue an academic career later on
Duration of contract: 3 years

Start of employment: as soon as possible

Applications of women are specifically invited. In the case of similar qualifications, competence, and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.
How to apply:
Please send applications (attachments as single PDF) until 31th August 2016.
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While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: 11577

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