PhD candidate - iBALT driven immunopathogenesis of COPD (f/m/x)


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At the Institute of Lung Health and Immunity we explore the immunological mechanisms underlying chronic lung diseases such as COPD, lung fibrosis, asthma, lung cancer and the complications following lung transplantation. We want to translate our findings into preventative and therapeutic approaches for patients.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is currently the third leading cause of death worldwide with limited symptomatic therapeutic options available and no causative treatment able to reverse the progression of COPD, revealing a high unmet medical need for novel therapeutics. The Yildirim laboratory is interested in the immunopathology of COPD and has recently identified a role for tertiary lymphoid organ development, induced bronchus associated lymphoid tissue (iBALT) in the lung, as crucial to disease pathogenesis and by impairing iBALT development both genetically and by pharmacological inhibition we can impair COPD development and induce tissue regeneration.

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

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Your tasks

  • Analysis of preclinical animal models of COPD
  • Flow cytometry of lung and other tissues
  • Histopathology analysis and imaging
  • Gene expression and analysis
  • In vitro and Ex vivo cell culture assays, cell lines and primary cells
  • Project management (Data analysis, quality assurance and monitoring, writing of reports and publications)

Your profile

  • Master's degree in biology, immunology or related area
  • Previous experience with cell culture techniques
  • Previous flow cytometry experience
  • Previous experience with molecular biological techniques
  • Previous experience with animal (mouse) models
  • Passion for science, innovation and creative and independent work
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English



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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.


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