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PhD Student / Research Assistant at Goethe University Frankfurt

PhD Student / Research Assistant at Goethe University Frankfurt

The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main is one of the largest universities in Germany with around 48,000 students and with about 5,000 employees. Founded in 1914 by Frankfurt citizens and since 2008 once again proud of its foundation status, Goethe University possesses a high degree of autonomy, modernity and professional diversity. As a comprehensive university, the Goethe University offers a total of 16 departments on five campuses and more than 100 degree programs along with an outstanding research reputation.

The Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) of the Collaborative Research Center 1507 7 “Membraneassociated Protein Assemblies, Machineries, and Supercomplexes” (CRC 1507) at Goethe University Frankfurt offers 26 positions of a PhD Student/Research Assistant (m/f/x) for a limited period of four years, starting July 1st, 2022.

The salary grade is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement applicable to Goethe University (TV-G-U) or to the participating institutions.

In our collaborative research center, 20 project leaders and around 100 employees work on the structural elucidation of cellular protein complexes and machineries at cell membranes, thus making pioneering contributions to biomedicine and the treatment of diseases. The Integrated Research Training Group, as part of the CRC 1507, is dedicated to scientifically educating PhD students and to accompany them on their way to a successful PhD thesis.

The IRTG invites you to apply for PhD positions within our research association. Become part of an international team of scientists focusing on the interdisciplinary basic research in life sciences.

We offer:

  • Training in topics and techniques relevant for your research and your PhD project
  • Scientific education in generic skills (e.g. scientific writing, graphic design, project management)
  • Mentoring by a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC), individually tailored to your research focus
  • Travel funds to visit workshops, conferences and international laboratories
  • Team-building seminars and retreats with the IRTG
  • Joint meetings and exchange with other RTGs and CRCs
  • Networking with national and international collaboration partners
  • Industry excursions and career perspective seminars

Your qualifications:

  • Very good scientific master degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics or related disciplines
  • Very good English skills (written and oral)
  • Practical scientific expertise and strong theoretical background in one of the research fields
  • Creativity, flexibility and a high degree of scientific curiosity
  • Enthusiasm for basic research and a strong willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams

Information on the individual projects can be found on our homepage.

Please apply by July 20, 2022 to a maximum of three subprojects and send your electronic application to application.crc1507@uni-frankfurt.de, for the attention of Dr. Dorith Wunnicke, CRC 1507, Max-von-LaueStr. 9, 60438 Frankfurt / Main.

The following documents should be included (summarized in one PDF file):

  • Letter of motivation (max. one page) explaining your choice of subprojects
  • Curriculum vitae, including extracurricular interests
  • Your master thesis (if submitted) or a summary (if pending)
  • Copy of your academic record (should list courses, but does not need to be certified)
  • Name and contact information for one, if possible, for two references

The Goethe University is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunities for both men andwomen alike, and therefore encourages particularly women to apply for the position/s offered. Individuals with severe disability will be prioritized in case of equal qualification.


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