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Open Positions 1
Time Span 15 May 2019 for 3 years
Application Deadline 01 Apr 2019
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD - Individual Supervisor
  • PhD - Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
Subjects Biophysik
Description The Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies (CIBSS) is seeking highly motivated PhD students who want to actively shape their own careers and advance the frontiers of knowledge in signalling research. CIBSS is a newly-founded national “Excellence Cluster” at Freiburg University that pursues a comprehensive understanding of signalling processes across biological scales. CIBSS and the Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM) are running a highly competitive, international and interdisciplinary PhD training programme.

Within the CIBSS-Track of SGBM, we are offering a fully-funded PhD student position, based at the Institute for Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine (IEKM, director: Peter Kohl) and the Max Planck Institute for Immunology and Epigenetics (MPIIE, director: Asifa Akhtar). The project, co-supervised by the two directors, will target molecular mechanisms that determine ultrastructural integrity of the cell nuclear envelope during biomechanical challenges. This is important for physiological cell behavior, for example in rhythmically contracting heart cells, and pathological mechanisms, such as metastatic motility. Key read-outs include nano-mechanical properties of cell nuclei (AFM, nanoindentation) and their 3D nano-structural correlates (electron-microscopic tomography, super-resolution fluorescence imaging).

The project will integrate signalling research with physiological read-outs, applying cutting-edge concepts and technologies; for detail see:

We offer:
• an outstanding scientific environment at the intersection of IEKM, MPIIE, and CIBSS (all English-language-based)
• access to cutting-edge technologies and state-of-the-art infrastructure
• highly personalized supervision at the forefront of integrative biomedical sciences
• career support and transferable skills training as part of the SGBM student community
• a diverse and vibrant environment in one of the most desirable places to live as a student in Europe
• a 3-year contract of employment, according to the German University tariff system (minimum starting salary EUR 30,000 p.a.)

How to apply:
If you would like to join the University with the highest grant income per professor in Germany, then please submit your application via the SGBM portal (make sure to select the “CIBSS Track” radio button when you register):

Application Deadline: 1 April 2019

Question about the position can be addressed to Dr Julia Verheyen, IEKM Research Coordinator, E-Mail:

The University of Freiburg, CIBSS, and all associated institutions are strongly committed to diversity and equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Requirements We are looking for:
• self-motivated students who hold (or are about to complete) an excellent MSc in a discipline relevant to biomedical research, such as biophysics, bioengineering, physiology, cell biology
• demonstrable hands-on expertise in at least one of the following areas: mechano-biology, molecular biology, electrophysiology, electron microscopy, confocal/multiphoton microscopy
• excellent communication skills in English (B2 level)
• scientific curiosity and the desire to actively shape your own research project
Working Language
  • English
  • German
Language of Dissertation
  • English
  • German
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Letter of Motivation
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Universitäts-Herzzentrum Freiburg - Bad Krozingen • Institut für Experimentelle Kardiovaskuläre Medizin
Dr. Julia Verheyen
Elsässer Str. 2q
79110 Freiburg