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PhD Studentship: Visualizing immune cell activation at single molecule resolution

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The research group of Marcus J. Taylor at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin is looking to recruit an outstanding student for a project starting in 2020.

Project Description

Our laboratory is focused on using high spatial and temporal resolution microscopy to visualize the protein dynamics of immunological signalling reactions. We have developed assays and approaches that allow us to visualize the biochemistry of immune signalling at the single molecule level within live cells (read more at Our scientific vision is to leverage a detailed understanding of molecular mechanism to be able to re-engineer and control immune signalling systems.

The successful Ph.D. applicant will undertake a project that seeks to understand how immunological signalling pathways process the chemical signals of infection and disease. Students will receive hands on training in single-molecule imaging, image analysis, and cellular engineering approaches developed in the lab. This project is perfect for students who are interested in biochemistry and quantitative cell biology.

We offer:
- outstanding research and training opportunities with access to state-of-the-art facilities
- an excellent scientific network
- a structured graduate school program – students will be registered with the prestigious International Max Planck Research School for Infectious Diseases and Immunology (IMPRS-IDI)
- a stimulating international and multi-disciplinary research environment on a thriving campus in the heart of Berlin

We are looking for:
- creative and highly motivated Ph.D. students of all nationalities who are strongly committed to research
- applicants must have an excellent M.Sc. or equivalent degree with a strong background in biophysics, biochemistry, and cell biology
- candidates who are familiar with MATLAB, Python or R coding will be strongly considered

Interested in joining us?
To apply, please email a cover letter, complete CV and name of at least 2 references to until December 15th 2019.

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