Our mission as research center: Discover personalized medical solutions for environmentally triggered diseases to promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

Humans continually interact with the airborne environment via the respiratory system that encompasses the nasal, oral, lower airways and the alveolar system. This project will study the cellular components, tissue niche proteomes and secreted fluid proteomes at the inhalation interface in the early years of life and use multi-omics data to create a representative pediatric atlas as part of the pediatric network for the Human Cell Atlas funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate (f/m/x) in Life Sciences/Immunology to join the Schiller lab (Pubmed: Schiller HB at the Institute of Lung Health and Immunity (LHI)/ Comprehensive Pneumology Center.

The doctoral researcher (f/m/x) will work closely with the Principal Investigator and clinical collaborators and will be co-supervised by a senior scientist at LHI who is expert in immunology and (single-cell) data analysis. The PhD project involves both wet lab and dry lab work.

PhD candidate "Mapping the pediatric inhalation interface with single-cell genomics and spatial proteomics" (f/m/x) 101673

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Your mission

  • Establishment and optimization of single cell/nuclei RNA-seq and proteomics workflows for pediatric samples
  • Planning and coordination of sample collection and experimental design with clinical partners
  • Collection and processing of single cell/nuclei RNA-seq and mass spectrometry data and bioinformatic analysis
  • Presenting the work in group and international meetings as well as scientific paper writing

Your qualifications

  • You have a MSc degree in the life sciences, immunology or a related field
  • You have prior experience in bioinformatic and statistical data analysis (R/Python)
  • You are passionate about science and willing to work at the interface of lung immunology and systems/computational biology
  • You are proficient in written and spoken English and have excellent interpersonal skills
  • You are able to work independently, but also as part of an interdisciplinary team

What we offer you

scientific training at HELENA Graduate School
work-life balance
flexible working hours & time off in lieu
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 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. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we require further documents from you regarding the recognition of the degree. Please request the recognition as early as possible.

If you have further questions, simply contact Herbert Schiller,, or Theodoros Kapellos,, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institute of Lung Health and Immunity
Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC)

Max-Lebsche-Platz 31
81377 Munich

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