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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 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. For our research on Metabolic Programming across Generations, the newly established Vogt lab is searching, starting June 1, 2022,

PhD candidate – Metabolism and Epigenetics (f/m/x) 101572

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With your project, you will investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the increased risk of children of malnourished parents to develop metabolic, cardiovascular and neurological disorders. In particular, you will focus on dissecting the interplay between metabolism and the epigenome. Using a well-established model of metabolic programming in C. elegans in combination with state-of-the-art -omics techniques, you will determine how parental diet, metabolism and epigenetics contribute to metabolic programming of the offspring.

Your mission

  • Planning and execution of research projects at the interface of molecular biology and metabolism
  • Independent planning, execution and analysis of experiments
  • Investigating metabolic, molecular and epigenetic changes in C. elegans
  • Analysis and interpretation of research data
  • Publication and presentation of research results

Your qualifications

  • Master of Science or equivalent level of professional qualification in Biology or a related discipline
  • Theoretical and practical expertise in genetics and/or molecular biology
  • Experience in working with C. elegans is considered a plus, but not required
  • Enthusiasm to work in an international and interdisciplinary research team
  • High motivation, flexibility as well as innovative and creative thinking are a must
  • Proficiency in English (verbal and written) are required

What we offer you

scientific training at HELENA Graduate School
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work-life balance
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flexible working hours & time off in lieu
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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 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.

Interested?
If you have further questions, simply contact Miriam Guhl, +49 89 3187-1046, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institute for Diabetes and Cancer
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1 

85764 Oberschleißheim

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