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PhD Student (m/f/d) Systemic and local reactions in case of incompatibility to biomaterials

Rostock University Medical Center
Germany (DE)
Payment is based on E 13 TV‑L
Closing date
1 Apr 2024

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Biomedicine, Health Science
Job Type
PhD Position
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Application as a PhD Student (m/f/d) in the Research Training Group 2901/1
"Systemic and local reactions in case of incompatibility to biomaterials for joint and skin lesions – SYLOBIO"

The Research Training Group 2901/1 SYLOBIO is investigating mechanisms associated with local and systemic (in)compatability to biomaterials from endoprosthetic joint replacement and for the treatment of chronic wounds. For this reason, the Research Training Group integrates nationally and internationally recognized research groups in Greifswald and Rostock.

The Research Training Group offers an excellent research platform with interfaces to immunology, microbiology, cell biology, and materials science using state-of-the-art methods and technologies. The interdisciplinary and translational research is supported by extensive systems biology, bioinformatics, and epidemiological studies. By providing a structured training program in combination with an innovative research project, the Research Training Group offers young scientists ideal conditions for a high-level PhD on a clinically relevant topic. In addition to the research program, the Research Training Group includes an individual supervision and qualification program as well as topic-related seminars, international lab rotations, and transfer skills workshops. The positions are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG GRK 2901/​1 SYLOBIO) and are limited to four years. Payment is based on E 13 TV‑L. Depending on the respective PhD project, employment will be in one of the mentioned working groups at the University Medical Centers in Rostock or Greifswald:

Rostock University Medical Center: Orthopedics (Prof. Dr. Rainer Bader, PD Dr. Anika Jonitz-Heincke), Cell Biology (PD Dr. Kirsten Peters), Microbiology (PD Dr. Tomas Fiedler), Immunology (Prof. Dr. Brigitte Müller-Hilke), Cardiac Surgery (Prof. Dr. Robert David), Neurology (Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Hermann), Dermatology (Prof. Dr. Steffen Emmert), Biomedical technology (Prof. Dr. Niels Grabow)

Greifswald University Medical Center: Epidemiology (PD Dr. Birte Holtfreter), Immunology (Prof. Dr. Barbara Bröker, Dr. VSN Murty Darisipudi)

Starting from 1 July 2024, a total of 12 doctoral positions will be available. The PhD candidates will investigate the local and systemic effects that lead to incompatibility to biomaterials for joint replacement and chronic wounds. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the material-induced inflammation and the patient-specific diversity of the tissue reaction will be investigated in three interdisciplinary research fields (inflammation, systemic interactions, and regeneration) as well as in epidemiological and systems biology cross-sectional topics.

For further information on the research focus and the sub-projects, please contact:

We are looking for highly qualified young researchers with a master's degree in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biomathematics, Mathematics/​Statistics, epidemiology or equivalent, and a background in the above-mentioned disciplines. Applicants must have a very good command of English and should have graduated by June 2024. The application should include the following criteria: a substantial letter of motivation, a CV, degrees, and certificates (with grading), and the names of two academics who serve as referees for the applicants. Furthermore, a preference for three sub-projects in RTG 2901/1 that are of particular interest should be stated in the application.

Please send your complete application documents, quoting the above-mentioned call number, by email, only in PDF format as one file, to or

Your application must be received by 1 April 2024 at the latest.

Only electronic applications will be considered.

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