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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 Pioneer Campus (HPC) founded and funded by Helmholtz Munich stands for the intelligent fusion of biomedical sciences, engineering and digitization. At HPC, top scientific talents from across the globe work together on the development of novel solutions that make a difference in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Our research group aims to develop and use microfluidic chip technologies for analyzing tissues of metabolic diseases. For this we are searching a PhD candidate to investigate spatial transcriptomic changes occurring during manifestation of the liver and pancreas disease. The envisaged tissue technology is applied for revealing cell-cell communication events during the progression of fatty acid liver diseases and pancreatic cancer.

We are looking for a highly motivated

PhD candidate – Spatial and Single Cell Transcriptomics for analysis of Liver and Pancreas Diseases (m/f/x) 101790

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Your mission

  • Establish bioanalytical workflow to measure spatial transcriptomic signals in the liver and pancreas
  •  Extend an existing microfluidic chip platform for spatial signal retrieval
  •  Investigate cell-cell communication

Your qualifications

  • Very good skills in spoken and written English
  •  You are highly organized, and can work on complex problems at the interface of bioengineering and cell biology
  •  You are willing to work in an international team
  •  You have the interest to acquire the capability to produce microfluidic chip technologies
  •  Knowledge of a computer programming language (e.g. python or R) is a plus. In case you do not have any bioinformatic qualification you will have to learn this within the first year of the PhD.

What we offer you

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flexible working hours
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30 days annual leave
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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. 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.

Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Matthias Meier, +49 89 3187-49564, who will be happy to be of assistance.
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Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Helmholtz Pioneer Campus
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1

85764 Neuherberg near Munich


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