PhD candidate to study immune and oncogenic signaling in cellular and animal models (f/m/x)


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We are Helmholtz Munich. In a rapidly changing world, we discover breakthrough solutions for better health.

Our research is focused within the areas of metabolic health/diabetes, environmental health, molecular targets and therapies, cell programming and repair, bioengineering, and computational health. We particularly excel in the fields of basic research, bioengineering, artificial intelligence, and technological development.

Through this research, we build the foundations for medical innovation. Together with our partners, we seek to accelerate the transfer of our research, so that laboratory ideas can reach society and improve people’s quality of life at the fastest rate possible.

This is what drives us. Why not join us and make a difference?

The Research Unit “Signaling and Translation investigates how key cellular signaling pathways control health and disease. We are bridging the gap between basic science and clinical innovations by providing direct access to technologies and expertise that will foster translation of new discoveries into pioneering targeting strategies. Our goal is to unravel novel biological pathways and molecular mechanisms that control physiological and disease-related cellular processes to identify novel targets and design innovative therapeutic concepts.

Prof. Matthias Tschöp (Dr. Med., Dr. hc.) CEO of Helmholtz Munich

We believe that excellent research requires a range of different perspectives. Diverse teams reach better solutions and are more innovative in their research topics.

Establishing our Diversity Management Strategy demonstrates our commitment to ensuring an appreciative company culture based on mutual respect. We are also implementing diversity-sensitive processes throughout our whole organization.

Your tasks

  • Establishment and analyses of cellular models to study aberrant activation of immune cell signaling; development of strategies for pharmacological interventions
  • Establish animal models and to study activation of immune cell signaling pathways in conditional mouse models
  • Phenotypic and functional analyses of immune homeostasis and activation in the mouse models
  • The project will comprise handling of mice (injections, taking blood samples, dissection and others) as well as participation in the planning of experiments and employing best-practice animal experimentation

Your profile

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree in biology, biochemistry or a related faculty that qualifies the candidate to enroll as PhD student (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Faculty of Biology
  • Knowledge and experience in the fields of genetics, immunology, molecular biology and cell signaling pathways.
  • A strong interest in doing pioneering immunological research with mice

Desirable qualifications

  • Very good communication and writing skills in English are expected, good communication skills German for animal welfare permissions and documentation will be helpful
  • We are seeking outstanding highly motivated young researchers with a drive to pursue an academic career for our interdisciplinary research team



Since 2005, we hold the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for exemplary action in the sense of an equal-opportunity organizational culture.

Helmholtz Munich is actively committed to diversity and inclusion in practice and is sustainably committed to equality.

The Diversity Charter has set itself the goal of promoting diversity in the world of work. By signing the charter, we commit ourselves to create an appreciative working environment for all employees.


This position provides the opportunity for you to build specialist knowledge whilst developing key professional experience, both of which will help you to make strides in your scientific career.

Remuneration and social security benefits are based on the German Collective Wage Agreement for Public-Sector Employees at Federal Level (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of receiving an allowance if the applicable conditions are met. The position has an (initial) fixed term of three years but may be extended under certain circumstances.

We are committed to promoting a culture of diversity and welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion or age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference. If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we will require further documents from you regarding the comparability of your degree. Please request the Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications as early as possible.


Interested in applying?

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hr. Prof. Dr. Daniel Krappmann, 089 3187-3461, who will be happy to help.

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