Student / academic assistant (m/f/d)

Updated: 30 days ago

The Cluster of Excellence “MULTISCALE BIOIMAGING: From Molecular Machines to Networks of Excitable Cells” (MBExC) is searching for a position as:

The goal of the MBExC is to decipher disease-relevant nanoscale functional units in neurons, sensory cells and cardiomyocytes and to develop innovative therapeutic strategies for disorders affecting the heart, the brain, or both. By a multiscale approach MBExC will uncover fundamental biological principles at increasing levels of complexity from molecular, nanoscale to network and organ levels. The MBExC research program covers gene expression and regulation, protein assembly and targeting, Ca2+ signaling and Ca2+ triggered membrane fusion as well as the development of innovative research techniques.

MBExC unites numerous partners from the University, University Medical Center, and extra-university institutions in Göttingen. The project will be performed in the Department of Physical Biochemistry led by Prof. Marina Rodnina at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Am Fassberg 11, Göttingen).

Tasks: You will help to build the initiation complex of human mitochondrial translation apparatus, and to understand how it functions on different mRNAs. This includes:

  • Purification of human mitochondrial translation system components
  • Measuring the efficiency of mitochondrial translation initiation in vitro
  • Culturing HEK293 cells

Qualifications and experience:

  • Education in biological sciences
  • Lab work experience in either molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology or related field
  • Cell culture experience is of advantage
  • We offer:
  • Highly professional working environment
  • Structured training of diverse methods
  • Flexible working time

Please send your CV and a short motivation letter as a single file either in English or in German to Dr. Kärt Denks ( until June 30th 2021.

For questions regarding the project, please contact Dr. Kärt Denks via e-mail or phone +49 551 201-2932, or Dr. Heike Conrad ( for questions regarding MBExC.

The University Medical Center Göttingen is committed to professional equality. We therefore seek to increase the proportion of under-represented genders. Applicants with disabilities and equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

University Medical Center Göttingen

Cluster of Excellence Multiscale Bioimaging (MBExC)

Dr. Kärt Denks

Robert-Koch-Str. 40

37075 Göttingen

Tel.: +49 551 201-2932

Contact person: For questions regarding the project, please contact Dr. Kärt Denks via e-mail ( or phone, or Dr. Heike Conrad ( for questions regarding MBExC.

Travel and application fees cannot be refunded or transferred.

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