One PhD position

The Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) is a multidisciplinary center at the University of Cologne providing a forum that brings together physician scientists with basic researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences to perform competitive basic, disease-oriented research. The mission of the CMMC is to advance the understanding of the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms as a prelude to improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many common health problems. For further information, please visit
The Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne invites applications from enthusiastic, motivated individuals for the Junior Research Group (JRG VII) “Systems Biology of Chromatin” of Dr. Argyris Papantonis
One PhD position (65%)
The position is immediately available for 36 months with the possibility of extension.
What we are looking for:
Ideal candidates are expected to hold degrees in a relevant scientific field, have a strong interest in genome and/or RNA biology, excellent command of English, and the ability to work as members of a group. Experience in transcriptional studies (e.g., 3C, ChIP) and in silico analysis of high-throughput datasets will be considered as an advantage. Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to develop their own research interests in an inter-disciplinary environment.
Research overview:
Our work focuses on primary human cells. We wish to uncover the rules governing gene expression in response to developmental and extra-cellular cues. Genome architecture is thought to be a major determinant in this. What we would like to understand is how chromatin folds to accommodate responses to such cues in all four dimensions: 3-D space and time. In the end, we anticipate these rules to be general ones, which – once deciphered – will allow us to predict how a cell might respond during disease, development, or aging.
Research Environment:
CMMC, along with its partner institutes such as the Cologne Cluster of Excellence in Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-associated Diseases, Cologne Center for Genomics and Max-Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing all located in the same campus, provides a vibrant scientific environment. Therefore, the CMMC´s JRG for Systems Biology of Chromatin is placed perfectly where basic research meets cutting-edge translational science.
The positions are based on the German TV-L salary conditions.
The CMMC places strong emphasis on gender equality and seeks to increase the proportional representation of women in this field. Applications from female scientists are especially welcome; suitably qualified women will be given preferential consideration unless other candidates clearly demonstrate superior qualifications.
We also welcome applications from disabled candidates, who will also be given preferential consideration over applicants with comparable qualifications.
How to apply:
Have we awakened your interest? Please submit your application (including a detailed CV, list of publications, two references and a brief statement of research interests) until 3. April 2016 quoting the reference number e079 here online
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If you have further questions or for informal queries please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Argyris Papantonis
Please visit to learn more about the group’s interests and ongoing research.
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: e079

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