February 6, 2018

Scientific Assistant/PhD Candidate

Within the IRTG 1830, the following PhD Position in the lab of Prof. Dr. Barbara Niemeyer (Molecular Biophysics, Saarland University, Homburg) is available with immediate effect:

The project is part of an international research group consortium (IRTG1830, project P11) which investigates biophysical, immunological and cell biological aspects of calcium homeostasis and dysfunction of ion channels in the context of human cytotoxic lymphocyte or natural killer cell activity. By combining state-of the art microscopy technology (including lightsheet microscopy, TIRF microscopy and high content screening microscopy) and electrophysiological technologies (patch clamp) with flow cytometry, biochemistry, molecular biology and immunological techniques, the successful candidate will focus on the role of calcium, calcium channels and metabolic factors for the cytotoxic efficiency of human cytotoxic lymphocyte or natural killer cells against cancer cells. The candidate will be part of an international research team focused to understand cytotoxic immune function against cancer cells, based on a solid biophysical and cell biological analysis in cooperation with clinical partners.

The program offers a 6-months stay in a lab of our Canadian partners and excellent scientific and transferable skills training at all participating locations. The program language is English and there are no tuition fees. Successful candidates will receive either contracts (65% TVL13) or a competitive tax-free fellowship, as well as support with administrative matters, accommodation, visas etc. We invite applications from highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality and we are looking forward to your application for a PhD fellowship in our group.

Mandatory conditions for emplyment are:
MSc or an equivalent qualification in Biology, Biophysics, Physics, Physiology, Immunology, Pharmacy or a closely related discipline.

Applicants with the qualifications noted below will be preferred:
Experience with single cell imaging, microscopy, electrophysiology or proteomics are beneficial. Good English skills are required, excellent spoken and written Englisch/German is an advantage.

Physically handicapped persons will be preferred in case equally qualified.

We aim to increase the number of women in this field. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply for this position.

Please refer to reference XXX in your application. Closing date for applications is March 15, 2018. Applications shall be sent to:

Saarland University
Medical Faculty
Prof. Barbara Niemeyer
Molecular Biophysics
CIPMM, Building 48

Please do not include original documents and certificates! Applications papers will not be sent back. Please do not use binders.