PhD Student Position in Experimental Radiology (Salary Scale 13 TV-L / 50%)

Experimental Radiology (Head: Prof. B. Relja) of the University Clinic for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (Head: Prof. M. Pech) currently has an open call for four PhD student positions. The contract will be fixed-term for three years.


Situated in an outstanding research environment at the University Hospital, Experimental Radiology centers around three well-connected research branches: 1. Human studies including patients with chronic or acute diseases who require the most state-to-the-art radio-interventional therapies focussing on the biologic post-treatment immune/inflammatory response; 2. in vivo studies elaborating the immunological response to diverse (radio-)interventional strategies in different compartments (blood cells, tissues, humoral mediators) and 3. in vitro studies uncovering the regulating biological processes.

Activities and responsibilities

Topic: The (systemic and local) response to diverse radio-interventional strategies (CT and MRT-driven chemotherapy, different ablation and/or embolization anti-tumor strategies, etc.) is currently unknown. It is unknown if a certain immunological patients make-up will pre-dispose a beneficial or detrimental outcome after various clinical radio-interventional treatment options. Thus, the influence of the last on complication rates, or disease recurrence depicts a clinically highly relevant research field. Here, notably cells of the immune system but also progenitor (often tumor progenitor cells) play a significant role. Next to the characterization of this pre- and post-therapy response, adequate biomarkers, which are capable of indicating complications but importantly the outcome are obligatory in the clinical setting.Thus, our research will focus on elaborating the role of Circulating Progenitor Cell Profile as well as Immune Cell profiles, but also on the role and effects of Humoral Factors as Liquid Biopsy upon Interventional Tumor Treatment or other interventional strategies, such as surgeries. The functional and biomarker character of the newly defined players will be further analyzed and elaborated in in vitro but also in vivo Models for Interventional (Tumor) Treatment. The establishment of such models is a decisive challenge and an important aim during the PhD study.

Qualification profile

We invite highly qualified candidates with a strong commitment to basic and clinical science research to apply.
Applicants should hold an MSc (or equivalent degree) with a background in biological sciences, neurosciences, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology or a related discipline. Experience in cell biology, molecular biology field is mandatory.

Application is open NOW. Closing date for application is October 31, 2019. Accepted candidates may start research projects as early as November 15th2019.

We offer

We offer YOU:
A structured PhD program
State-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research projects
Individual supervision
Generous funding

We are looking for:
Talented, creative, motivated and enthusiastic doctoral students from all over the world with a strong passion for basic and clinical science.

Send application to

Please submit your application including a CV, a motivation letter, two letters of recommendation (not mandatory), copies of Bachelor/Masters certificate (or equivalent) and a transcript of records as one single pdf file to:

Borna Relja, Prof.
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Medizinische Fakultät
Leipziger Str. 44,
39120 Magdeburg
E-mail: info@bornarelja.com


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