Research Scientist and PhD Students in molecular biology at the RWTH Aachen University.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research IZKF “BIOMAT.“ at the RWTH Aachen University invites applications for the Positions:

Research Scientist and PhD Students

Research Scientist. The candidate must have a PhD in molecular biology or a related field with significant experience of standard molecular biology (DNA construct preparation and manipulation), protein characterization (SDS-PAGE, Western), and cell transfection. Excellent organizational skills and ability to multitask and to track concurrent projects are essential.

The candidate is expected to work and plan experiments independently and be a self-starter. The laboratory interests are the development of IPE and/or RPE cell prosthesis for transplantation subretinally as well as the development of other cellular prosthesis for transplant at disease sites.

The candidate will work under the direction of the Research Group Leader and will play a direct role in establishing systems to produce, characterize and genetically modify cellular prosthesis. The position is available starting March 2009.

PhD Student. The IZKF "BIOMAT." seeks qualified, highly motivated PhD students with a master/diploma degree in biology, biochemistry or related life sciences. The positions are available starting March 2009 in the IZKFfunded group of Prof. Dr. Thumann focusing on the establishment and characterization of cellular prosthesis for transplantation in the eye. The candidate should be familiar with cell biology assays including ELISA, fluorescence activated cell sorter and tissue culture. The candidate must have good communication skills and should be able to work constructively in a multi-disciplinary team.

RWTH Aachen University has been rewarded with the “Total-E-Quality-Award” for its efforts with respect to gender equality. In cases of equal qualification, aptitude and expertise of the applicants, female applicants will be given preferential treatment for those salary groups and careers in which females are underrepresented, unless there are preponderant reasons to give preference to another applicant.

Please refer to § 8 Article 6 of the North Rhine-Westphalian Equal Opportunities Act (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz NW).

RWTH Aachen University has been rewarded with the title “disability-friendly” (Prädikat “behindertenfreundlich”) for its efforts with respect to training and employment of severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled people with appropriate suitability are explicitly welcome. This also applies to people with equal opportunities in accordance with § 2 SGB IX (Social Code).

Applications (English/German) must include a full CV, summary of the master/diploma thesis, name and address of two references,

and should be submitted by mail to:
Augenklinik des Universitätsklinikums der RWTH Aachen,
Frau Prof. Dr. Gabriele Thumann,
Pauwelstrasse 30,
52074 Aachen,
E-Mail: gthumann@ukaachen.de


International PhD Programme 2009 at Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland

International PhD Programme 2009

Applications are invited for internally funded PhD student fellowships at the Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) in Basel, Switzerland. The FMI is part of the Novartis Research Foundation. Our research focuses on epigenetics, growth control and neurobiology. We employ state-of-the-art technologies to explore basic molecular mechanisms of cells and organisms in health and disease.

Research group leaders:
Joy Alcedo / Silvia Arber / Momo Bentires-Alj / Marc Bühler / Pico Caroni
Ruth Chiquet-Ehrismann / Rafal Ciosk / Witold Filipowicz / Rainer Friedrich
Susan Gasser / Helge Grosshans / Brian Hemmings / Jan Hofsteenge
Nancy Hynes / Andreas Lüthi / Patrick Matthias / Yoshikuni Nagamine
Thomas Oertner / Antoine Peters / Jan Pielage / Filippo Rijli / Botond Roska
Dirk Schübeler / Nicolas Thomä

Areas of focus:
Epigenetics / Growth control / Neurobiology

For application forms and further
information, contact: phdprogramme@fmi.ch.

Application deadline: 10 May 2009

Friedrich Miescher Institute
for Biomedical Research,
Maulbeerstrasse 66, 4058 Basel,


A three-year PhD program at Helmholtz International Graduate School for Infection Research

Helmholtz International Graduate School for Infection Research

A three-year PhD program, starting in October 2009

We invite highly motivated applicants PhD Students will have the unique opportunity to undertake a PhD within an electrifying atmosphere with the focus on Infection Biology and related fields (Immunology, Microbiology, Virology, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Natural Product Research, Structural Biology, Bioinformatics, Sys tems Biology, Molecular Biology, Mammalian Genetics). As well as working on a three-year research project PhD Students also attend lectures and seminars, laboratory and soft-skill courses, congresses, symposia and summer schools. The program is well supported by a network of supervisors, PhD students will finish the program as highly qualified scientists competitive for the job market. The three-year program is taught in English.

For information about the program please visit the following web site:


We expect
➢ A Master’s degree (or equivalent)
➢ Applicants who have an active interest in one or more of the above fields
➢ Written and spoken English skills and previous laboratory experience Application
➢ Applicants are required to complete the online application form under:
http://online application.helmholtz-hzi.de

Deadline for Application
➢ April 30th, 2009

Since the Helmholtz Graduate School supports a gender balance, women are explicitly encouraged to apply. Further information on the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research is to be found under: www.helmholtz-hzi.de.

The Helmholtz International Graduate School is supported by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

The Helmholtz International Graduate School is a joint action of the institutes/universities:
➢ Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig (HZI)
➢ Technical University of Braunschweig (TU-BS)
➢ Hannover Medical School (MHH)
➢ University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo)


Postdoctoral Position in the molecular mechanisms and dynamics of lymphocyte activation which is for an initial four-year appointment at Freiburg

The Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg, and the Exzellenzcluster bioss of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany,

invites applications for a Postdoctoral Position which is for an initial four-year appointment with the possibility of extension.

The position is available from the 1st of June in the Department of Molecular Immunology (Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Michael Reth and PD Dr. Wolfgang Schamel).

The project aims to understand the molecular mechanisms and dynamics of lymphocyte activation. One focus will be the interactions of the antigen receptors with the intracellular signalling machinery. Applicants should have experience in at least one of the following fields: biochemistry, molecular biology, protein purification and proteomics techniques, flow cytometry,
signal transduction pathways, T- and B-cell activation. Payment and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD (salary agreement for public service employees) or a postdoctoral fellowship of the Max-Planck Society. Women are especially encouraged to apply and handicapped applicants with equal qualification will be given preferential treatment. A childcare facility is attached to the Institute.

Applicants should send their application indicating the reference number 010209 to the Personnel Department,
Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology,
Stübeweg 51,
79108 Freiburg,

Germany or directly via
e-mail to weigold@immunbio.mpg.de.

Applications for the position will be accepted until April 30, 2009.

For further information please contact:
schamel@immunbio.mpg.de; Tel. +49-761-5108-313
reth@immunbio.mpg.de; Tel. +49-761-5108-420

Freiburg is the “capital” of the black forest and a lively university town
located in the trinational Biovalley area between Switzerland, France and
Germany. The Institute has a high percentage of foreign researchers as well
as a kindergarden for children of 6 month to 3 years of age. Our groups are
also part of the “excellence programs” of the university of Freiburg.


Postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen


Postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen
(Code Number 06-09)

Potential projects will integrate genetic, cell biological, behavioral, histological and molecular experimental approaches:

I. Regulation of stem cell division and maintenance in Drosophila germline

II. A Drosophila model of muscular dystrophy

Requirements to applicant: recent Ph.D., at least one first author publication.
Prior research experience with Drosophila, genetics, and molecular biology is advantageous.
Experience in light and confocal microscopy, image processing and cell culture are helpful.
The working language is English.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

Please send your application documents as copies and not originals, as we cannot send
documents back.

Applicants should send an application which includes cover letter, CV and at least two recommendation letters preferably per e-mail with reference to the code number to

Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie
AG „Gene Expression and Signaling“
Frau Dr. Halyna Shcherbata/Code Number 06-09
Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen