University Hospital of Cologne

1 PhD Position Identification of pain modulating toxins

University Hospital Cologne

Cologne, Germany

The University of Cologne offers a wide range of scientific disciplines and internationally leading profile areas organized in six faculties. At the Faculty of Medicine 1.800 scientists are engaged in research, ranging from basic sciences to clinical application, as well as teaching and health care. Together with the University Hospital Cologne the faculty maintains 58 clinics, research institutes and centres. 3.400 students study in this dynamic and innovative environment. The Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital Cologne are embedded in the scientifically highly active Rhine region. They have strong contacts to and alliances with the surrounding universities and non-university research institutions guaranteeing scientific excellence in research and teaching.

The Laboratory of Experimental Anaesthesiology and Pain Research is offering

1 PhD Position
Identification of pain modulating toxins

to be employed under a 3 year (WissZeitVG) contract.

The position comprises scientific work and academic advanced training and is paid in accordance with the DFG at 65% EG 13 TV-L.

Current analgesics often only provide partial pain relief. Natural toxins are powerful tools for the identification of novel mechanisms. In a DFG-funded project, we will test natural toxins for pain-modulating activity. Central to our work is an innovative automated microscopy screening approach. Active toxins will be analyzed extensively for their cellular mechanisms as well as their action in behavioral experiments.

Your responsibilities will include:
• High Content Screening Microscopy-based analysis of venoms and toxins
• Pharmacological analysis of cellular mechanisms
• Work with primary as well as human stem cell derived nociceptors
• Animal behavior experiments on pain models

Minimum qualifications:
• Outstanding motivation
• Outstanding Master Thesis in the Field of Life Sciences
• Profound knowledge and experience in at least two of the following topics:
• Behavioral pain research
• Neurosciences
• Quantitative image analysis

Female candidates are welcome; suitably qualified women will be given preferential consideration unless other applicants clearly demonstrate superior qualifications.

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities, who will be given preferential consideration over other applicants with comparable qualifications.

Further information is available on the internet at and

Please address enquiries to Professor Dr. Tim Hucho at or at +49 221 478-97760

Did we spark your interest? Please submit your application (including a detailed CV, list of publications, two references and a brief statement of research interests) via e-mail at

We prefer online applications, but you also have the opportunity to apply via regular mail

University Hospital Cologne
Prof. Dr. T. Hucho
Experimental Anaesthesiology and Pain Research
Robert-Koch-Str 10, Geb. 51b
50931 Cologne


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1 PhD Position Identification of pain modulating toxins