German Diabetes Center (DDZ) - Leibniz Institute for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Up to 9 doctoral PhD positions (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (m/w/div.), (E13 TV-L 65%)

German Diabetes Center (DDZ) - Leibniz Institute for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany

The Research Training Group 2576 “vivid – in vivo investigations towards the early development of type 2 diabetes” established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf invites applications for

9 doctoral PhD positions (E13 TV-L 65%).

The program starts June 1st, 2020. Initial appointment will be for two years with an option for extension.

Vivid is a joint initiative by leading scientists from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), University Hospital Düsseldorf (UKD) and the German Diabetes Center, Leibnitz Center for Diabetes Research at HHU (DDZ). The Research Training Group brings together junior researchers from different disciplines in life sciences and medicine to conduct innovative research in the field of diabetes development within a framework of unique infrastructure and metabolic expertise. A structured and coherent education program comprising translational aspects provides a solid basis for training and mentoring of medical scientists in order to expand knowledge in basic and clinical diabetes research.

Applicants are required to hold a diploma or master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent results in a life science discipline such as Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Biology, or comparable. Please send your application to the vivid office and also indicate your preference for a specific doctoral project. For detailed information regarding our program for research and training and the academic staff involved in our Research Training Group, please refer to the vivid homepage at

We provide:

  • an exciting, dynamic and international working environment and unique resources for diabetes research
  • mentoring and close supervision by an interdisciplinary team of experienced principal investigators
  • a structured and coherent education program including specialized lectures, expert hands-on training courses, and opportunities for internships in clinical research.
  • participation in the training program of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD NEXT) and further opportunities for career development.

We expect:

  • enthusiasm and dedication to our research and training program
  • continuous contribution and participation in curricular activities
  • cooperation with fellow students and scholars participating in the program
  • timely preparation of manuscripts, thesis and adherence to the principles of good scientific practice

Please submit the following documents:

  • application form (available at for download)
  • a cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a complete transcript of academic records, including the last school report obtained before entering university (Abitur or equivalent)
  • your graduate thesis as a pdf-file
  • a letter of reference

Women are encouraged to apply, and in the case of equal qualification will be given preference.
Persons with disabilities will be given preference.

You may also contact the coordination office for specific project-related and organizational questions.

Please submit your complete application until 06. March 2020 to the vivid spokesperson Prof. Dr. Hadi Al-Hasani (
Candidates will be invited to participate in a selection workshop in late March 2020 where they will meet the scientists and learn more about the projects and research groups.

Data collection and further processing of your application at the DDZ will take place mainly by means of electronic data processing. The regulations pertaining to data protection laws will be adhered to. By sending us your application you consent to this procedure.

Apply with CV and Cover Letter

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Up to 9 doctoral PhD positions (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (m/w/div.), (E13 TV-L 65%)