PhD student in the field of Metabolism and Cancer (f/m/d)

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

Neuherberg (bei München), Germany

Work group:

Institute for Diabetes and Obesity



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Starting date:

01.01.2020



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 Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (IDO) at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a member of one of the leading research associations in Europe – the Helmholtz Association, investigates diseases of the metabolic syndrome using systemic and translational approaches based on cell systems, genetically modified mouse models and clinical intervention studies. Our mission is to develop and validate personalized preventive and therapeutic strategies for diabetes, obesity and comorbidities such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases.


The Research group of Kerstin Stemmer is located at the Helmholtz Diabetes Center (HDC) and is looking for an SFB-funded research project (SFB 1321) on the effects of obesity and anti-obesity treatments on pancreatic cancer for a highly motivated


PhD student in the field of Metabolism and Cancer (f/m/d)
2019/0448

Your Mission


You will study the effects of obesity and anti-obesity therapies (bariatric surgery and novel pharmaceutical therapies) on tumor development in established orthotopic mouse models of pancreatic cancer. Similar models will be used to compare the molecular effects of anticancer therapies in lean and obese mice.You will interrogate mechanistic underpinnings by applying cutting-edge biochemical, histological and molecular techniques.

Your Qualifications


University degree (Diploma or Master) in a relevant science discipline (e.g. Life Science,
Biology, Nutritional Science, Medicine)Knowledge of standard molecular, cell biology and biochemical methodsDynamic, highly motivated, flexible and responsible team playerAbility to integrate into an international work environmentWillingness to work with laboratory miceFluent English (verbal and written)Fulfill all requirements for registering as a graduate student at the TU Munich

What we offer you


A stimulating 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. To ensure a good work/life balance we assist you with flexible working hours, in-house health management, a nursery, and an “Elder Care” concept as well as other consultation and support options.


Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and research institutes it offers an intellectually inspiring environment.


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  Philipp Melander on 089 3187-2107, who will be happy to be of assistance.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application until 31.01.2020.



Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/0448

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