December 12, 2018

In the lab of Prof. Dr. Veit Flockerzi in Homburg, several positions for PhD students are available with immedeate effect:

1.-3.: The Cavbeta3 protein as a pharmacological target to accelerate wound healing, to increase bone mineralization and to tighten the blood-brain barrier

The absence of the beta 3 protein of voltage-dependent calcium channels (Cavbeta3) affects bone mineralization, skin wound healing and blood-brain barrier tightness. In order to further investigate these effects and to identify possible pharmacological therapies, the following three positions for doctoral students are available:

  1. Role of Cavbeta3 protein for bone mineralization and fracture healing.
  2. Role of Cavbeta3 protein for wound healing of the skin.
  3. Role of the Cavbeta3 protein for the tightness of the blood-brain barrier with respect to neuro-inflammatory processes.

The aim is to accelerate wound healing, to improve bone mineralization and to reduce the risk of neuro-inflammatory processes.

Belkacemi et al. (2018), Cell Reports 22: 1339-1349
Jha at al. (2009) Nature Immunology 10: 1275-1282
Berggren et al. (2004) Cell 119: 273-284

4. The function and pharmacological properties of the ‘calcium channel flower domain-containing protein 1’ (Cacfd1) in brain capillary endothelial cells

The 'calcium channel flower domain-containing protein 1' is involved in calcium-dependent endocytosis at contact sites of the plasma membrane with membranes of subcellular organelles. The aim is to characterize the functions of Cacfd1 in vascular endothelial cells with regard to vascular permeability and to identify its pharmacological susceptibility.

Chang et al. (2018), Journal Cell Biology 217: 667-683


5.The function and pharmacological properties of the ‘transient receptor potential canonical 1’ (TRPC1) channel in the liver

Within this project, the function of the TRPC1 protein and its influence on detoxification reactions will be investigated in the liver. The aim is to characterize TRPC1 as a target molecule for pharmacological treatment of liver failure.

Flockerzi & Nilius (2014) (eds), Mammalian Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) Cation Channels Vol. 1 6 Vol. 2, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology 222 & 223, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014.


For all projects, the following methods are required:
Molecular pharmacological methods, transgenic techniques, imaging and electrophysiology, high-resolution mass spectrometry, genetic visualization and manipulation of cells.

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

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.

We are looking forward to applications from highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality.


Send your application to:
Dr. Gabriele Amoroso
Department of Plant Physiology
Faculty of Biology
University of Kaiserslautern
D-67663 Kaiserslautern

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