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Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

12 PhD positions in Natural and Life Sciences, starting October 2020 in Berlin

DFG Research Training Group (GRK 2318) TJ-Train offers 12 PhD positions (E13 65 %) in Natural and Life Sciences:

  • 10 positions at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 1 position at MDC Berlin (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine)
  • 1 position at FMP Berlin (Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie)

Three project areas offer research on different aspects of tight junctions (TJ) in epithelial barrier function. Project area A comprises basic research on structure and function of TJ proteins, which provides the require-ment for understanding TJ development and regulation and its role in pathogenesis of disease. Project area B focuses on the role of TJ proteins in the developing tissue and the regulation of TJ proteins and TJ assembly on different levels. Project area C focuses on modulation of TJ in infectious and inflammatory intestinal disease associated with barrier dysfunction. Each project area includes four different PhD projects, information concern-ing the projects can be found here.

Your area of responsibility

  • Planning, organization and implementation of scientific studies
  • The methods are dependent on the projects and include cell culture, molecular and immunohistochemical methods, confocal microscopy, high-resolution microscopy, next-generation sequencing, experimental animal methods, knockout mouse models, electrophysiological techniques
  • Independent evaluation and documentation of the results
  • Writing of scientific publications
  • Participation in scientific events and presentation of results at congresses
  • Participation in the qualification program of the Research Training Group

Your profile

  • Very good University degree (equivalent diploma/master) in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, biophysics or a related subject
  • Strong scientific motivation
  • Special interest in cell biology and in functional and pathophysiological-translational issues
  • Very good communication and writing skills in English
  • Personal initiative, skills in teamwork, organization and logistics

We offer

  • Working at the Charité, one of the largest university hospitals in Europe, a joint institution of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin, and at famous research institutes in Berlin, MDC and FMP
  • Research in a world-renowned center in the field of tight junction research
  • An excellent scientific environment at the interface between basic and preclinical research
  • Doctoral thesis associated with an excellent qualification program

Important deadlines

Application period: until May 25, 2020

Notification of selection results: June 2, 2020

Assessment Center: between June 15 – 17, 2020 (via Skype)

Commencement of employment: October 1, 2020


The salary depends on personal qualification and will be 65% E13 of the pay scale for Charité or the German public sector (limited to 3 years).

All information concerning projects, requirements for application and application process can be found here.

For further details please contact: Rita Rosenthal ([email protected]).

12 PhD positions in Natural and Life Sciences

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