PhD student in Metabolism and Vascular Function (f/m/d)

Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)

Neuherberg (bei München), Germany

Work group:

Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Starting date:


Job description:

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

The newly founded Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG) at the University of Leipzig is part of the Helmholtz Zentrum München and aims to uncover the molecular underpinnings of metabolic, obesity and vascular disorders to enable precision therapies. As one of the world’s leading research institutes, the Helmholtz Zentrum München is a highly driven and stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure, you will have the opportunity to make important contributions towards scientific knowledge and the improvement of people’s quality of life.

The Young Investigator group "Vascular Epigenetics" at HI-MAG in Leipzig is now recruiting a

PhD student in Metabolism and Vascular Function (f/m/d)

Your mission

The Vascular Epigenetics group, headed by Dr. Bilal Sheikh, elucidates the molecular mechanisms that underpin the complex interplay between metabolic, lifestyle and epigenetic factors. The group focuses on these themes in the context of vascular function and vascular disease. In close partnership with the Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig and the University Hospital Leipzig, we aim to translate our discoveries into effective therapies against vascular dysfunction in a variety of pathologies. 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on one or more exciting projects that investigate the relationship between metabolism and vascular function. The projects will involve dissecting molecular mechanisms and phenotypic changes in animal models using state-of-the-art techniques such as single cell technologies, next-generation sequencing, chromatin analyses and mass spectrometry based metabolomics. In addition, clinical human samples will be available for translational research.

Your qualifications

The ideal applicant should be highly motivated, have good communication skills and be a quick learner. Exceptional grades in Master’s and Bachelor’s programs as well as fluent written and spoken English is mandatory.

What we offer you

A challenging and versatile field of work providing you with the freedom to follow your instinct and be creative. With the help of extensive and goal-orientated professional development measures and career-building programmes we encourage you to grow as a person.

Remuneration and benefits are in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of granting an allowance amounting to 15% if the necessary conditions are fulfilled.

The position is (initially) limited to three years.

The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.

Having been awarded the "Total E-Quality" seal we endorse a system of equal opportunities. Applications from women are especially welcome. Severely disabled candidates are given preference if they are of equal merit concerning the position in question.

Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Bilal Sheikh (, who will be happy to be of assistance.

Applications should include a motivation letter covering research interests, CV, certificates of university degrees, academic transcripts with grades in each subject. We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application until December 31, 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/0435