Job ID: 102521

2 PhD candidates (m/f/d) in Cell biology / Neurobiology / Biochemistry (build your career: subsequent postdoctorate in one of our groups in the institute possible, too)

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 30 April 2023

Contract Length: Start date flexible - contract length 3 years (with elongation possible)

City: Jena

Country: Germany

Institution: Jena University Hospital - Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Department: Institute of Biochemistry I


Using a wide range of molecular biological, protein biochemical and microscopic techniques as well as cell biological assays, our institute carries out ground­breaking basic research for the molecular implementation and control of the cellular processes underlying the development and plastic adaptations of cellular morphologies required for proper organ function.

Proper neuronal cell shape development and plasticity e.g. are essential prerequisites for the formation of neuronal networks, the information transfer in the brain as well as plastic adjustments representing an important basis for learning and memory processes.

All of these processes are largely brought about by actin cytoskeletal and membrane topology-modulating proteins. Identifying and molecularly understanding such components therefore is our top research focus.

The PhD projects:

The aim of the two projects offered is to molecularly characterize physiological and pathophysiological forms of different high-performance membrane topology-modulating proteins (e.g. see: Seemann et al. 2017 eLIFE; Koch et al. 2020 Cereb. Cortex; Wolf et al. 2019 Nat. Cell Biol.) and to thereby assign mechanistic and cell biological functions in physiology and disease to these proteins.

These studies are intended to provide essential new insights into neuronal network formation as well as information transfer and storage in the brain.


Your profile:

  • PhD
  • Motivation to do indep. scientific research in an ambitious, international team
  • Sound knowledge & exp. in: Biochemistry, Mol. bio., Cell biology, Microscopy
  • Fluent english
  • Teaching experiences (best: in German)
  • Software knowledge (data, imaging, statististics)


Please direct your complete application (incl. CV, 2-3 ref. addresses, PubList, certificates & grades) to

Prof. Dr. Britta Qualmann & PD Dr. Michael M. Kessels

Institute of Biochemistry I, Jena University Hospital – Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Nonnenplan 2-4, D-07743 Jena, Germany

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Submit your application via E-Mail (PDF preferred) to:

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Further information:

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The FSU Jena is an equal opportunity employer promoting the advance of women in science.

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