Interdisciplinary PhD position Quantitative Cell Biology & Biochemistry 2.0 FTE

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 31 Jul 2020

We are looking for two highly motivated and enthusiastic students with backgrounds in cell biology, (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics or related fields to join the Cell Cycle Dynamics group of Dr Julia Kamenz. The research group is embedded in the Molecular Systems Biology unit at the GBB, which provides an inspiring, interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment.

Our research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of cell proliferation and cell division. These studies include (1) the intricate regulation of the kinases and phosphatases involved in the processes of cell division, (2) the impact of post-translational modifications in regulating cell division (particularly phosphorylations), and (3) studying the complex signaling networks surveying and controlling cell cycle progression. To tackle these questions, we combine a variety of cell biological, biochemical and systems biological approaches including Xenopus laevis egg extracts, enzyme biochemistry, fluorescence live cell imaging of human cells and computational modelling. PhD candidates will have access to state-of-the-art microscopes, mass spectrometry, tissue culture and animal facilities.

PhD candidates will further receive excellent training through innovative research projects, advanced courses and training opportunities, complemented by workshops on generic research, transferable skills and teaching. As a PhD candidate, you are committed to conduct independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the results of the research in a PhD dissertation, to be completed within 4 years. PhD candidates are expected to contribute minimally 10% of their overall workload to teaching.

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