PhD Position

1 PhD scholarship within the DFG- Research Training Group GRK 1885/1 Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology.

The Carl von Ossietzky University is a dynamic, continuously growing university with various research projects of international impact and thus provides a large range of opportunities for curiosity and creativity. The Research Training Group (RTG) “Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology” is aiming to investigate the biology of sensory cells at the molecular level. The research project will have a strong interdisciplinary character involving project leaders from biology, chemistry and physics. The project will target fundamental problems in magnetoreception, including RNAi experiments to identify the putative target molecule for magnetoreception in the eye of migratory birds. Moreover, the understanding of sensory phenomena in living systems is envisioned to benefit greatly from chemical physical model systems and vice versa the biological systems could inspire the development of new technical applications (e.g. in biomedicine). Thus, the central topics of all projects within the RTG will be directed towards unravelling the operational principles of sensory systems and towards understanding the common molecular and physical principles realized in sensory systems.

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is an equal opportunity employer aiming to increase the proportion of female academic staff members. Therefore, we especially encourage women to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified.

Please send your application electronically (one PDF-file) or by mail including the usual documents to E-Mail beate.gruenberg(at) or by mail to Prof. Dr.Henrik Mouritsen, Faculty V, Animal Navigation/Neusensorik, Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 9-11, D-26129 Oldenburg, Germany

Ideal candidates should have the following profiles and qualifications:

·         a University degree (typically a Master or Diplom, or an exceptional Bachelor) in
          Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Physics or related subjects
          with very good to excellent marks a keen interest in molecular aspects of biology

·         some practical experience in one or more methods relevant for the topics of the RTG
          a high interest in multidisciplinary research tasks, especially in working together with
          members of other groups

·         good English language skills (written and spoken)

·         In addition, a co-authorship of a scientific publication originating from the master or
          Diploma thesis is particularly favorable for a successful application.