Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg seeking for 2 Doktorandenstellen, 2 PhD Positions in topic “Participation of mast cells in pregnancy success?”

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg - Medizinische Fakultät - Department of Experimental Obstetrics and Gynaecology

2 Doktorandenstellen, 2 PhD Positions (50 v. H.; Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L) 3 years, both prolongables

Topic: “Participation of mast cells in pregnancy success?”

The 2 PhD positions available are granted within the budget from a DFG-funded project
which has as main aim to investigate whether mast cells contribute to pregnancy success,
contrary to the so far known theories but accordingly with the breakthrough new data published for transplantation. We do believe that investigating the participation of MC and MC-related genes in Treg-induced tolerance during pregnancy will contribute to the knowledge of the basic mechanisms regulating immune tolerance during pregnancy, a major biological question with tremendous medical implications in other fields such as transplantation and tumor research.

We expect theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience in reproductive biology or
immunology and molecular biology, very good English skills, team spirit and the ability of
working independently. The position is open for biologists, biochemists, biotechnologist or
scientists with equal qualification (MSc) willing to perform their PhD in our department.

Solid knowledge in molecular biological and immunological methods is expected. The methods include flow cytometry, embedding in paraffin, cryosection, immunohistochemistry, cell culture among others. Furthermore it is of advantage to have experience with in vivo models (mouse, rat).

Severely disabled persons are with the same qualification considered. Women are especially
requested to make an application.

Applicants should submit their applications (consisting in curriculum vitae, certificates, motivation letter, publications, and two referees) until 31st August 2009 to:
Prof. Dr. Ana Zenclussen
Experimentelle Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe
Medizinische Fakultät, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität
Haus 103 (Villa)
Gerhart-Hauptmann-Str. 35
39108 Magdeburg, Germany
or per E-Mail to: ana.zenclussen@med.ovgu.de