PhD position in Cardiovascular Translational Science (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany)

The Cadiovascular Research Group at the Division of Cardiology, Pulmonology and Vascular Medicine of he University Hospital Duesseldorf (Director Prof. Dr. med. Malte Kelm) is seeking a 

Phd Candidate (m/f)
to study the impact of insulin and diabetes associated comorbidities in myocardial infarction and cardiac and vascular function. 


Activities and responsibilities

Diabetes and insulin are known to influence the outcome after acute myocardial infarction and to reduce phenomenon of remote organ protective signaling. The integrity of vascular endothelium is supposed to participate in this mechanism, whereas the role of endothelial function remains unclear so far. 
The project will identify the impact of hyperinsulinemia and associated comorbidities upon myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury and the relevance of vascular integrity to contribute for remote protective signal transduction both in mice and in men. The overachieving approach of our research group and division is to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical research in order to develop the best possible use in the development of new therapeutic strategies.

Qualification profile

  • A master degree in biology, pharmacology, (veterinary) medicine or a related field.
  • A background in analytical, biochemical and physiological characterization
  • Selfmotivation and willingness to participate in project development 
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Readiness to work in an interdisciplinary and international team.
  • A FELASA category B certificate or equivalent as an optional plus.


  • An excellent infrastructure in the field of cardiovascular science 
  • An interesting and highlyrelevant research project
  • A wellequipped lab with basic and clinical research addressed by an interdisciplinary team
  • A wide method spectrum, e.g.:
    • Enzymatic assays, western blt analysis, cell culture, Bioflux …
    • Ex-viv organ preparations (Langendorff, organ bath), …
    • In-viv measurments: Millar catheter, ischemia-reperfusion injury, echohardiography, ultrasound measurements, laser-doppler perfusion imaging, …
    • FACS, UPLC, LC-MSMS, …
  • Close supervision to successfully finish the project and obtain a PhD/Dr. rer. nat.
  • Interaction with several local, domestic, and international collaboration partners.
  • Salary according to TVLE13 (65%)
  • The possibility for a stay abroad
  • Starting date October/November 2018 or as soon as possible.
To apply, please send a single PDF file containing a CV, relevant certificates, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of at least 1 reference to Dr. Ralf Erkens (

Bewerbungen können in deutscher oder englischer Sprache gestellt werden.

Send application to

Dr. med. Ralf Erkens
Klinik für Kardiologie, Pneumologie und Angiologie
Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf
Moorenstraße 5
40225 Düsseldorf
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