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PhD student in Molecular Obesity Research (f/m/d)

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About This PhD Project

Project Description

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

The newly founded Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG) at the University of Leipzig is part of the Helmholtz Zentrum München and aims to uncover the molecular underpinnings of metabolic, obesity and vascular disorders to enable precision therapies. As one of the world’s leading research institutes, the Helmholtz Zentrum München is a highly driven and stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by stateof-the-art infrastructure, you will have the opportunity to make important contributions towards scientific knowledge and the improvement of people’s quality of life.

The Young Investigator group “Molecular Obesity Research” at HI-MAG in Leipzig is now recruiting a PhD student in Molecular Obesity Research (f/m/d) 2019/0444

Your Mission

The Molecular Obesity Research group is interested in molecular mechanisms underlying or contributing to the human disease of obesity and their comorbidities. The focus is on pathobiochemical changes in adipose tissue and specifically the physiological function of adipose tissue derived proteins and their role in pathological processes related to obesity and insulin resistance. We use our expertise in protein expression and purification to generate substantial amounts of adipokines and elucidate the structural characteristics and molecular mechanisms underlying their biological activity. In parallel, we are dedicated to unravel their physiological function in health and disease using isolated cells, tissues and animal models.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on one or more exciting projects that will investigate how fat derived adipokines contribute to obesity related diseases and how they function on the molecular level.

Your Qualifications

We seek a motivated and open-minded PhD student holding a recent M.Sc. degree in Biochemistry or Biology (or equivalent).

The ideal applicant should be highly motivated, have good communication skills and be a quick learner. An excellent level of written and spoken English is mandatory. We offer modern equipment, a multi-disciplinary approach with state-of-the-art techniques, and a good working atmosphere.

What we offer you

A challenging and versatile field of work providing you with the freedom to follow your instinct and be creative. With the help of extensive and goal-oriented professional development measures and career-building programs we encourage you to grow as a person.

Remuneration and benefits are in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund).

In addition, there is also the possibility of granting an allowance amounting to 15% if the necessary conditions are fulfilled.

The position is (initially) limited to three years.

The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.

Having been awarded the “Total E-Quality” seal we endorse a system of equal opportunities. Applications from women are especially welcome. Severely disabled candidates are given preference if they are of equal merit concerning the position in question.


If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. John Heiker ([Email Address Removed]), who will be happy to be of assistance.

Applications should include a motivation letter covering research interests, CV, certificates of university degrees, academic transcripts with grades in each subject. We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application until December 31, 2019.

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Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Dr. John Heiker
Helmholtz-Institut für Metabolismus-, Adipositas- und Gefäßforschung
Philipp-Rosenthal-Str. 27
04103 Leipzig

The Helmholtz Zentrum München is part of the Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest scientific organization. Altogether 40,000 people currently work in its 19 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers. The Association’s annual budget amounts to more than 4.7 billion euros.

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