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  PhD position in theoretical physics/biophysics: how parasites hijack immune cells


   Center for NanoScience (CeNS)

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  Prof Benedikt Sabass  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Parasites like Toxoplasma gondii hijack immune cells of the infected host and employ them as shuttle for migration. Moreover, parasites even replicate within immune cells, thus turning them into “Trojan horses”. In spite of its importance, immune-cell hijacking is not understood quantitatively.

You will devise a mathematical model for the stochastic dynamics of immune cell migration. The model will be employed to find out how parasite-hijacking modifies and guides cell motility. You will work in close collaboration with experimentalists studying immune-cell hijacking with advanced imaging techniques. Thus, original data is available and theoretical predictions can be tested.

Requirements: Master's degree in physics or comparable. Excellent command of the English language, solid knowledge of statistical physics, and creativity. Some experience with modeling of stochastic systems and with computer programming.

Earliest entry date: As of February 2022

Position/Salary: payment according to TVÖD E13

Group: Prof. Benedikt Sabass, Faculty of Physics and Department of Veterinary Science at LMU Munich

Website: https://www.biostatphys.vetmed.lmu.de

Application procedure

All candidates have to apply via the online application tool of the LMU GraduateCenter. Other forms of application will not be accepted.

Biological Sciences (4) Chemistry (6) Mathematics (25) Physics (29)

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