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PhD Student Paediatric Lung Disease and Lung Development Biology (m/f/d)

Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
69120, Neuenheim (DE)
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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PhD Position
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PhD Student - Paediatric Lung Disease and Lung Developmental Biology (m/f/d)

starting from 01.01.2024 at the Department of Translational Pulmonology at the Translational Lung Research Center Heidelberg.

Four PhD students are being sought to undertake diverse and exciting basic research projects in a stimulating academic environment housed under the umbrella of the Translational Lung Research Center Heidelberg, a campus of the German Center for Lung Research, physically located at Heidelberg University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. The successful applicants will undertake bench-based “wet lab” research toward a doctoral degree investigating various aspects of paediatric lung disease that relate to preterm birth, or normal and abnormal lung development in the foetus and newborns. The students will join a dynamic team in a diverse and stimulating research environment with access to state-of-the-art equipment, and with a view to understanding and better managing preterm birth and its sequelae. While based at Heidelberg University Hospital, successful candidates will have the opportunity to engage with the greater research network in the region, including the German Cancer Research Center, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research; as well as with the other five campuses of the German Center for Lung Research. The research topics currently offered include studies on (i) multiomic analysis of prenatal and postnatal lung development , including single-cell and spatial transcriptomic approaches; (ii) the development and characterization of new vectors for gene and cell therapy to manage stunted lung development; (iii) studies on the functional contribution of elements of the immune system to pathologic inflammation in the developing lungs; (iv) studies on the long-term consequences and impact on non-pulmonary organs of preterm birth, oxygen injury to the developing lung, and lung infection in newborns and infants. 

Job-ID: V000011968

Field of application: Translationale Pneumologie

Location: Heidelberg

Start date: 01.01.2024

Job Category: Science and teaching

Working hours: full-time (100 %)

Published: 26.10.2023

Limitation: Temporary (36 Monate - Weiterbeschäftigung angestrebt)

Contract: TV-L


Your Tasks

To learn a broad array of experimental approaches relevant to your research topic To undertake full-time bench-based research on their selected topic To participate in soft-skill and scientific courses (including training courses), lectures, workshops, and tutorials offered by the German Center for Lung Research, and its affiliated graduate programmes To present research findings and participate in national and international conferences and local colloquia To maintain up-to-date knowledge about the scientific literature related to their selected research topic


Your Profile

A desire to undertake bench-based “wet lab” research in a scientific environment Possession of a Master’s degree in biological sciences, or a primary degree in human or veterinary medicine An ability to work independently, yet in a team Proficiency written and spoken English or German A commitment to adhering to good scientific practise


We offer

Goal-oriented, individual training and development opportunities (experimental methods, licensing for work regulated by government authorities) Working with the latest techniques / technical equipment (such as proteomics, spatial transcriptomics, single cell analyses, epigenetic analyses, complex in vitro and in vivo models of human disease, state-of-the-art microscopy) Possibility of doctorate Possibility to publish scientifically is offered and supported Regular team meetings


Contact & Application

For further information please contact Prof. Rory Morty via e-mail.



Applications will be accepted until 30.11.2023 via e-mail.


Translationale Pneumologie

Christiane Wolf

Im Neuenheimer Feld 156

69120 Heidelberg


Please note that the UKHD is subject to the provisions of the Infection Protection Act. Therefore, valid proof of measles immunity is required for all persons employed at the UKHD.


We stand for equal opportunities. Severely disabled persons are given priority in the case of equal suitability. The University Hospital aims to generally increase the proportion of women in all areas and positions in which women are underrepresented. Qualified women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Full-time positions are generally divisible unless there are official or legal reasons to the contrary.


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