PhD student - Quantitative cell biology (f/m/d)

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

Neuherberg (bei München), Germany

Work group:

Institute of Functional Epigenetics



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Starting date:

01.03.2020



Contract time limit:

28.02.2023



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.


At the Institute of Functional Epigenetics you will find a scientifically stimulating international environment. Supported by an excellent infrastructure you will aim to solve fundamental questions of cell biology.


Size is a fundamental cellular property that is not only tightly linked to cell function and growth, but also sets the scale of all intracellular processes. We take an interdisciplinary approach at the interface between quantitative biology and biophysics and employ budding yeast as a model to understand fundamental principles of cell size regulation. Using live-cell microscopy, cell biology, and mathematical modelling, we aim to obtain a quantitative understanding of how cells coordinate growth and division to control their size, and how cell size is adjusted upon changes in nutrient conditions.


For a new project starting in March 2020 we are looking for a highly motivated


PhD student – Quantitative cell biology (f/m/d)
2019/0361

who wants to combine experimental and modelling approaches to reveal how cells control their size.


Applications should include a letter of motivation describing your research interests.


Your Qualifications


Master’s degree in cell biology, biophysics or similar fieldsWet lab experience and basic skills in molecular and cell biologyStrong background in math and programming experienceInterest in interdisciplinary and quantitative biologyExcellent skills in spoken and written English and German

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. 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 stimulating 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 3 years, but under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

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

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. To increase the share of women in management positions we very much welcome the respective applications. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.


Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Kurt Schmoller  on kurt.schmoller@helmholtz-muenchen.de, who will be happy to be of assistance.


We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application.



Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/0361

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