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Call for applications for 9 PhD positions in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell Biology (Germany)

BannerThe GRK1739 « Molecular determinants of the cellular radiation response and their potential for response modulation » offers outstanding interdisciplinary scientific training and research opportunities for graduates of life science and medicine with interest in basic and translational research. The research projects aim to achieve a better molecular understanding of key molecules that determine the cellular response to ionizing radiation and thus radiation sensitivity with the goal of providing a scientific basis for effective response modulation. Furthermore, the programme provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary training in radiation biology and oncology, molecular and cell biology, physiology, pharmacology, and experimental medicine. It will also cover complementary professional competencies, such as career planning, bioethics, scientific integrity, and presentation skills. Together wilh regular supervision and mentoring, this training will allow its graduates to efficiently develop into independent scientists with broad knowledge in biomedical sciences and specialized knowledge in radiation biology and radiation oncology.

Deadline: 24 October, 2014

Who can apply

Applicants with a master’s degree or equivalent (e.g. Diploma) in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell Biology or related areas can apply for the open PhD positions. Applicants should be interested in translational research in order to find novel solutions in interdisciplinary research areas.

The specialisation and specific requirements to the applicants are given in the single projects. Except Research Project Nr. 2 we are currently looking for applicants in all projects. For more information to the individual projects take a look at: Research Projects.

Candidates are selected on the basis of excellent performance in their studies and their motivation. As all teaching will be in English applicants should have good English knowledge. Foreign applicants may be aware that even if English is commonly used at the UDE and its partner universities, for daily life in Germany a good knowledge of German is helpful. Thus we encourage and support successfull applicants to take part in German courses at the beginning of the programme.

How to apply

Necessary documents for application:

  1. Cover letter / Letter of motivation
  2. GRK1739 Application Form (download application form here)
  3. CV
  4. University degrees / Certificates (If you have not finished your necessary degree before application deadline you will have to send proof that you will finish your studies before starting the graduate programme.)

Please submit complete applications only via E-Mail as a single pdf-file to the scientific coordinator Dr. Gabriele Siedenburg:

Application deadline is October 24, 2014.

Good to know

The three-year structured programme will start in April 2015 and consists of lecture series, retreats, symposia, lab-rotations and method courses. In addition, participants are enforced to present their data on national and international conference. The duration of the PhD position will be up to three years. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (TV-L E13, 65%).

On the basis of your documents we will preselect potential candidates. Successfully shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a short presentation of their master / diploma thesis at December 8 or 9, 2014 in Essen, Germany. After the talk, there will be interviews with the project leaders of your preferred projects and the opportunity for a lab visit. Candidates will hear about the decision of the admission at the end of december 2014.

For general information about the University Duisburg-Essen have a look at: University of Duisburg-Essen More information about the University Hospital Essen: Unikilinik Essen

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