Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research center with the mission to discover personalized medical solutions for the prevention and therapy of environmentally triggered diseases and promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

At our institute you will find a scientifically stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by an excellent infrastructure you will have the opportunity to make an important contribution for a healthier society.

The Center of Allergy & Environment (ZAUM) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Centre of Munich (HMGU) is looking for a

PhD student in Stromal Cell Immunology (f/m/x) 100946

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Your mission

The position will be funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and aims to understand “The role of the intestinal lamina propria stromal cell compartment in shaping “tissue niches” for intestinal immunity”.

Stromal cell biology is a rapidly emerging field due to the recently discovered multifaceted role of stromal cells in health and disease. In particular, we have shown that stromal cells are key niche providing cells and modulate various immune cells under tolerogenic conditions (Pasztoi & Pezoldt et al., Nat Comm, 2018; Pasztoi et al., Eur J Immunol, 2017). The main goal of our team (Group of Mucosal Immunology - Lab Ohnmacht) is to reveal molecular mechanisms whereby immune cells at mucosal surfaces, including stromal cells, contribute to the maintenance of immunological tolerance or the development of intestinal perturbations (Kreft et al., Front Immunol, 2020; Ohnmacht et al., Science, 2015).

The PhD candidate will utilize cutting-edge technologies established in the lab (bulk- and single-cell RNA sequencing, multicolor flow cytometry, cell sorting, fluorescence microscopy, in vitro cultures including organoids, and in vivo mouse models).

Our institute is shared between the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Centre of Munich (HMGU), thereby the PhD candidate will have access to both facilities, might benefit from both teaching programs, and will become a member of a dynamic young team within the institute and with external collaborators.

Your qualifications

  • University degree (M.Sc.) in Immunology, Biology, Molecular Medicine or similar field with outstanding results
  • High motivation, enthusiasm, and commitment to science
  • First previous experience in cellular and molecular immunological techniques (multicolor flow cytometry, cell culture, fluorescence microscopy)
  • Previous experience with bioinformatic analysis (R, R Studio) and animal models will be considered advantageous
  • Ability to work independently and goal-oriented
  • An open and curious mindset and team spirit
  • Excellent communication and scientific writing skills in English

Your application should include

  • Letter of motivation expressing research interest and include a brief summary of previous projects
  • CV
  • Certificates of university degrees and transcript of records
  • at least two references with contact information

What we offer you

scientific training at HELENA Graduate School
work-life balance
flexible working hours & time off in lieu
30 days annual leave
on-site health management service
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Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and world-leading research institutions it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

This position also provides the opportunity for you to build specialist knowledge and collect significant professional experience, both of which will help advance your scientific career.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of granting an allowance amounting to 15% if the necessary conditions are fulfilled. The position is (initially) limited to three years, but under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

To promote diversity, we welcome applications from talented people regardless of cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
Applicant guidance on the Corona pandemic 

If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Maria Szente-Pasztoi, E-mail:, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institute of Allergy Research
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1 

85764 Oberschleißheim

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