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PhD Position in Biology (f/m/d)

Heidelberg University - Centre for Organismal Studies
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (DE)
In accordance with German TV-L pay grade 13 (65%)
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Life Science
Job Type
PhD Position
Employment - Hours
Part time
Fixed term

“Application of a high-throughput array tomography vEM pipeline to study the diversity of marine larvae and sensory cell types”
This Project is part of The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network: "ZooCELL: Tracing the evolution of sensory cell types in animal diversity: multidisciplinary training in 3D cellular reconstruction, multimodal data analysis and science outreach"

Your Tasks:

  • The project will offer in-depth training in the volume electron microscopy (vEM) of marine larvae. One goal will be to obtain a high-quality full-body EM volume of a six-day-old Platynereis dumerilii juvenile and analyse the volume in collaboration with other students of the network.
  • Coordinating with other vEM projects in the network.
  • Extensive data analysis, including skeletonisation, working with volume-segmented data, cell-type and connectome annotation, and network analysis.
  • The project will inform the evolution of larval form and sensory cell types.

Your Profile:

  • Masters degree in science, preferably in Biology.
  • Practical experience in molecular, cell or developmental biology, microscopy and/or image analysis will be an advantage.
  • Strongly motivated students from other disciplines (e.g. physics, biophysics) are also encouraged to apply.
  • Able to communicate fluently in English.
  • German language skills are not required.


We Offer:

  • Work in an international research team at a vibrant reserach institute at one of the largest life-science campuses in Europe
  • Participation in regular group activities including retreats to marine stations
  • Opportunities for further professional development including courses and training events
  • Support from the team and PI to achieve their potential and develop their career

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