PhD candidate - Glial cells after brain injury (f/m/x)


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39 hrs./week
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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 focusing on Central Nervous System Regeneration (CNR) conducts in-depth inquiries into the intricate interplay of glial cells in brain regeneration and the pathogenesis of glial scar formation subsequent to brain trauma. Our primary objective revolves around the advancement of tailored therapeutic interventions aimed at restoring and optimizing brain functionality.

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

  • Participate in research activities focusing on the function of glial cells following brain injury
  • Conduct experimental research using advanced techniques such as single cell and spatial transcriptomics, intracranial injections, and development of new assays for brain injuries in human models (brain organoids)
  • Analyze and integrate genetic and physiological data from animal models, human models and human samples
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to integrate findings and contribute to high-impact publications
  • Present research findings at national and international scientific meetings

Your profile

  • Exceptional students holding a Master’s degree in a relevant field and a strong interest in glial biology
  • Demonstrable experience in molecular biology techniques, animal models, or glial biology
  • Outstanding motivation to participate in a competitive research program
  • Excellent English language proficiency, both written and spoken


  • Scientific Training: Helmholtz Munich Graduate School
  • Career counseling: Career Center for PhD candidates
  • Recreation: 30 days annual leave, flexi days, plus public holidays
  • Health Promotion: Sports, company doctor, mental health initiatives
  • International Staff Service: Support with the relocation and integration process in Germany

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 Prof. Dr. Jovica Ninkovic,, who will be happy to help.

Your application should include
    • CV
    • Cover letter
    • Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates
    • Contact details for at least two referees

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