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 Research Unit Neurobiology of Diabetes (Prof. Dr. Paul Pfluger) at the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity, Helmholtz Diabetes Center (HDC) in Munich is looking for two highly talented and motivated individuals to join their research team for the ERC-funded 5-year-project “Weight management by AgRP neurons”. Two additional PhD positions will be available in summer 2022.

We are looking for a highly motivated

PhD student, CNS Control of Metabolism & Aggression (m/f/x) 101033

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Your mission

  • You will combine murine models and hiPSCs with cell sorting and RNAseq/ChIPmentation to profile the role of hypothalamic neuronal subpopulations in weight control, hepatic metabolism and aggression behavior
  • As member of the international Helmholtz Diabetes Research Graduate School, you will receive professional scientific and extramural training and career support throughout your time as graduate student

Your qualifications

  • University degree (Diploma or Master) in a relevant science
  • Knowledge of standard molecular, cell biology and biochemical methods
  • And willingness to work with murine and cellular models

What we offer you

scientific training at HELENA Graduate School
work-life balance
flexible working hours
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 gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age until . Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
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If you have further questions, simply contact Prof. Paul Pfluger, 089/3187-2104,, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institute for Diabetes and Obesity
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1 

85764 Oberschleißheim

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