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Reference number: 2019D-186

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The Institute of Complex Systems (ICS-7), “Biomechanics” conducts fundamental research focused on the biomechanics of mammalian cells and their mechanical interaction with the environment. Modern methods of cell biophysics and cell biology complemented by biomimetic model systems are used.

The Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-3), “Cognitive Neuroscience” uses behavioural, pharmacological, and neuromodulatory methods to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive (dys-)function in healthy subjects and patients suffering from neurological disorders. Functional imaging (PET, MRI) and electrophysiological methods (EEG, TMS, tDCS) are combined with computational approaches to achieve a better understanding of i) the development of normal brain functions during ageing, ii) disease-induced dysfunction, and iii) cerebral plasticity and recovery of function. Results help to decode how the human brain enables higher cognition and to develop novel therapeutic approaches.

We are offering a

PhD position – Translational Neurooncology

Your Job:

In collaboration between researchers at ICS-7 and INM-3, the potential of selectively expressed RNA (seRNA) molecules to treat experimental glioma is investigated. In order to facilitate the translation of this therapeutic approach from bench to bedside, non-invasive in vivo imaging techniques (MRI, PET) are combined with histological read-outs. You will investigate how intracranial glioma in nude mice are affected by local treatment with seRNA under the supervision of PD. Dr. Bernd Hoffmann (ICS-7) and Prof. Maria Adele Rueger (INM-3).

Your tasks in detail:

  • Stereotactic injections into the brain of nude mice
  • Non-invasive MRI and PET-imaging of experimental animals
  • Presentation and publication of the results
  • Interaction with team members and collaborators from University Hospital Köln as well as other institutes with the FZ Jülich and industrial partners

Your Profile:

  • University degree (Diploma/Master) in veterinary medicine, neuroscience, biology or a related field
  • Animal handling skills, preferably experience with anesthesia and surgery in rodents
  • Laboratory animal science course according to the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science (FELASA), category B, or equivalent
  • Good command of German or English
  • Mobility and willingness to conduct experiments both at FZ Jülich and University Hospital Köln

Our Offer:

  • A stimulating, collaborative, and international research environment
  • Excellent working conditions
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisors
  • Doctoral degree conferred by University of Köln (Medical Faculty) or University of Bonn (Faculty of Sciences), depending on previous academic degree
  • Usually a contract for the duration of 3 years
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme
  • Pay in line with 65 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund)


Applications are welcome in English or German.

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 08.10.2019, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2019D-186: career@fz-juelich.de
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.