Up to 11 PhD positions (f/m/d)

University of Cologne (UoC)

Cologne, Germany

*Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Up to 11 PhD positions (f/m/d)
RTG 2550 – Dynamic regulation of cellular protein localization

The University of Cologne is one of the largest and most research-intensive universities in Germany, offering a wide range of subjects. With its six faculties and its interfaculty centres, it offers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and internationally outstanding profile areas, supported by the administration with its services.*

Our graduate school, the research training group 2550 (www.grk2550.uni-koeln.de) aims at understanding how the astonishing adaptability of biological systems can be achieved by dynamic protein relocalization. To this end, an interdisciplinary group from the fields of chemistry, biochemistry and biology will characterize the mechanisms underlying the dynamic regulation of protein localization and the physiological conditions that drive it. The research training group is intended to provide structured training for German and international doctoral candidates, who are selected according to the criteria of an outstanding academic profile.


  • Doctoral candidates in the RTG will perform experiments on individual relocalizing proteins and on the dedicated machineries controlling and driving relocalization. They will employ unbiased -omics approaches to generalize their findings and will develop novel tools to modulate relocalization processes.


  • The research training group is aimed at doctoral candidates with a background in molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular medicine and biological / organic chemistry


  • Our doctoral candidates can build on the complementary expertise present in the consortium, on excellent state-of-the-art core facilities and the thriving highly interactive scientific environment in Cologne
  • The candidates will expand their scientific horizon through participation in an interactive tailor-made educational program that covers broad principles, and specific scientific and career development needs

The positions are available from the 1st of April, 2020 or upon mutual agreement on a part-time basis (65 %). The term of the PhD positions is limited to 3 years. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with special needs or of equal status.

Please send your application including

  • Statement describing your motivation to join our research training group
  • Detailed academic CV, certificates and transcripts of Bachelor and Master Studies as well as a short summary (1/2 page) of your Master thesis project
  • Choice of three laboratories represented in the research training group with a short indication for the reasons why you would like to join these particular ones (participating research groups can be found on the RTG homepage: www.grk2550.uni-koeln.de)
  • Please provide the names and contact details of two referees who can evaluate your academic ability and potential

by email (in one pdf-file) to GRK2550-reloc@uni-koeln.de with the reference number Wiss2001-01. The application deadline is the *15th of February, 2020. *They should be addressed to the speaker of the research training group, Prof. Jan Riemer, University of Cologne, Institute of Biochemistry, Zuelpicher Str. 47A, 50674 Cologne, Germany. Please direct any enquiries and questions to Jan Riemer (jan.riemer@uni-koeln.de). Selected candidates will be invited in the beginning of March 2020 to participate in a selection workshop, where they will have the chance to meet RTG-PIs, get to know the participating laboratories, the University and Cologne.

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Up to 11 PhD positions (f/m/d)