Postdoc – Metabolic and cardiac disease comorbidity (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 Institute for Diabetes and Cancer, member of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center and the German Center for Diabetes Research aims at identifying common molecular targets in order to develop personalized therapies for Metabolic and Tumor diseases. The Research Group Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities is seeking starting April 2024 a highly motivated Postdoctoral candidate – Metabolic and cardiac disease comorbidity (f/m/x).

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

  • Planning and execution of research projects at the interface of immunology, cardiovascular biology and metabolism
  • Investigating inter-organ crosstalk between heart, lymphoid organs and adipose tissue
  • Establishing workflows and readout assays to elucidate energy metabolism and autophagy in immune cells
  • Establishing workflows and readout assays for immune cell phenotyping
  • Cardiac and metabolic characterization of preclinical disease models
  • Analysis and interpretation of research data
  • Publication and presentation of research results

Your profile

  • PhD in cardiovascular biology, immunology, metabolism, molecular biology or related field
  • Theoretical and practical expertise in cardiovascular research, immunology, metabolism
  • Profound knowledge in health science, molecular biomedicine, cardiovascular disease
  • Hands-on experience with a wide range of immunology, molecular and biochemical techniques including flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy, cell culture, gene silencing and overexpression methodology, metabolic analysis
  • Interest in and willingness to perform mouse handling, breeding and experimentation
  • Willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary research team
  • High motivation, flexibility, ability to think independently on experimental design and troubleshooting, as well as innovative and creative thinking are a must
  • A strong academic record documented by first-author publications in high-ranking journals, profound international research experience, experience in grant writing as well as proficiency in English are required



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.


If you fulfil all the requirements, you may be eligible for a salary grade of up to E 13. Social benefits are based on the Collective Wage Agreement for Public-Sector Employees (TVöD). The position has an (initial) fixed term from 21.03.2024-31.12.2025 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 Miriam Guhl, 089 3187-1046, who will be happy to help.

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