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

The Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG) at the University of Leipzig is part of Helmholtz Munich and aims to uncover the molecular underpinnings of metabolic, obesity and vascular disorders to enable precision therapies. As one of the world’s leading research institutes, Helmholtz Munich is a highly driven and stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure, you will have the opportunity to make important contributions towards scientific knowledge and the improvement of people’s quality of life.

The Vascular Epigenetics group, headed by Dr. Bilal Sheikh, elucidates the molecular mechanisms that underpin the complex interplay between metabolic, lifestyle and epigenetic factors. The group focuses on these themes in the context of vascular function and vascular disease. In close partnership with the University Hospital in Leipzig (Universitätsklinikum Leipzig), we aim to translate our discoveries into effective therapies against vascular dysfunction in a variety of pathologies.

The Vascular Epigenetics group, based in Leipzig, Germany, is now recruiting a PhD student.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on one or more exciting projects that investigate the relationship between metabolism and epigenetics. The projects will involve dissecting molecular mechanisms and phenotypic changes in animal models using state-of-the-art techniques such as single cell technologies (10x genomics), next-generation sequencing, chromatin analyses and mass spectrometry based metabolomics. In addition, clinical human samples will be available for translational research.

PhD candidate in Metabolism and Epigenetics (f/m/x) 101735

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Your mission

  • Developing a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the literature on the themes of epigenetics, metabolism and metabolic disease.
  • Learning and utilising a range of experimental techniques to persue your choice of biological problem(s).
  • Working in close collaboration with scientific colleagues to design, plan and execute complex experiments.
  • There will be opportunities for the selected applicant to learn and apply bioinformatics techniques.

Your qualifications

The ideal applicant should be highly motivated, have good communication skills and be a quick learner. You will be expected to work in a team together with highly-motivated young scientists.
The applicant requires:

  • Exceptional grades in Master’s and Bachelor’s programs.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Sound knowledge of epigenetics, metabolism and cell biology.
  • Experimental knowledge in vascular biology is beneficial.
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics in R is beneficial

What we offer you

scientific training at HELENA Graduate School
work-life balance
flexible working hours & time off in lieu
30 days annual leave
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Leipzig is one of the most diverse and liveliest cities in Germany, renowned for a high quality of life. The city provides a unique mix of history, culture, industry and creativity to its residents, while the regional lakes and forests offer exceptional recreational opportunities. The city of Leipzig has a diverse and integrated scientific landscape, which provides the impetus to drive research and creativity forwards.

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 by 15/10/2022. 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.

Please request the following documents: Motivation letter covering research interests, CV, Certificates of university degrees, Academic transcripts with grades in each subject, At least 2 reference letters.

If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Bilal Sheikh, 0341 97 22912, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research
Philipp-Rosenthal-Str. 27

04103 Leipzig

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