PhD-student position (Retinal Immunology)

The University of Cologne offers a wide range of scientific disciplines and internationally leading profile areas organized in six faculties. At the Faculty of Medicine 1.800 scientists are engaged in research, ranging from basic sciences to clinical application, as well as teaching and health care. Together with the University Hospital Cologne the faculty maintains 58 clinics, research institutes and centres. 3.400 students study in this dynamic and innovative environment. The Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital Cologne are embedded in the scientifically highly active Rhine region. They have strong contacts to and alliances with the surrounding universities and non-university research institutions guaranteeing scientific excellence in research and teaching.
The Chair of Experimental Immunology of the Eye is seeking applications for a full-time
PhD-student position (Retinal Immunology)
to be employed under an initially 3 year limited-time contract with options for extension.
The position is to be filled by 1 January 2017.
The Chair of Experimental Immunology of the Eye is an independent division of the Cologne Center for Ophthalmology with a strong research focus on innate immune activation in the diseased retina. The laboratory is a leading institution for experimental immunology centered around age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and rare monogenic retinal dystrophies including retinitis pigmentosa.
Your responsibilities will include:
  • To validate a previously identified anti-inflammatory candidate compound in different murine and human microglia cells
  • To discover novel options for pharmacological application of this compound in ex vivo retinal explant models
  • To elicate the mechanisms of action and to perform in vivo therapy studies in key animal models of human age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa
Your qualifications:
  • Candidates should be highly motivated with a strong interest in neuroimmunology and experimental ophthalmology
  • Candidates should hold a master’s degree in Biology, Bio-Medicine, Neuroscience or a related subject
  • Experiences with animal models, cell culture techniques and molecular biology techniques are advantageous
Your salary will be based on TV-L.
Applications from female candidates are welcome; suitably qualified women will be given preferential consideration unless other applicants clearly demonstrate superior qualifications.
We also welcome applications from disabled candidates, who will also be given preferential consideration over other applicants with comparable qualifications.
The position is suitable for staffing with part-time employees.
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) here online
We prefer online applications, but you also have the opportunity to apply via regular mail by 30. October 2016 quoting the reference number e329 to
Uniklinik Köln
Chair of Experimental Immunology of the Eye
Prof. Dr. Thomas Langmann
Ausschreibungsnummer e329
50924 Köln
Send application to
Please address telephone enquiries to Prof. Dr. Thomas Langmann at +49 221 478-7324.
Further information is available on the internet at
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: e329

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