PhD Students (m/f) Molecular Biology
Department of Human Genetics and Institute for Cardiogenetics, University of Lübeck

The University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe with more than 80 clinics and institutes. It offers outstanding medical treatment and excellence in research and education with nearly 12,500 employees, 2,470 patient beds and more than 100,000 hospitalized patients, 240,000 outpatient cases and in excess of 3,000 births a year. We provide top research at the interface of medicine, science and technology and maintain research co-operations with universities all over the world.

We are seeking competent support to strengthen our team in Lübeck, ideally starting from 1 July 2017.

The positions will be based at the Department of Human Genetics (Section for Functional Genetics; head: Prof. Dr. Frank Kaiser) and the Institute for Cardiogenetics (head: Prof. Dr. Jeanette Erdmann; see at the University of Lübeck.

You will apply your molecular genetics skills to understand the role of gene-regulating variants identified in recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the number one killer in Western societies. Joining our multidisciplinary team consisting of molecular biologists, geneticists and computational scientists, you will contribute to a project which aims to further understand the role of gene regulatory CVD risk variants and to unravel the underlying pathomechanisms relevant for CVD. You will use cutting-edge technology, including induced human pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), chromatin conformation capturing and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing.

Your role:

  • Plan and conduct research experiments
  • Analyse and interpret the findings of your research
  • Conduct literature and database searches and integrate the results into your own research goals
  • Contribute to the preparation of research reports and publications
  • Present research progress and outcomes to colleagues
  • Actively participate in group meetings

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in molecular biology or a related discipline
  • Practical experience in human cell culture techniques and in the application of a range of molecular biology methods
  • Excellent organization and record-keeping abilities
  • Strong communication skills in English and German along with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

The positions are fixed-term positions funded by the DZHK ( for three years, ending on 30 April 2020, with the possibility of extension. Weekly working time is 65 % of a full-time position (currently 25 hours per week). Salary will be, depending on qualifications, according to the German salary scale 13 TV-L.

The University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

For more details on the positions, please contact Prof. Dr. Frank Kaiser, Section for Functional Genetics at the Department of Human Genetics, University of Lübeck, via phone at +49 (0)451 500-50411 or via e-mail at or Prof. Dr. Jeanette Erdmann, Institute for Cardiogenetics, University of Lübeck, via phone at +49 (0)451 3101-8300 or via e-mail at Questions on administrative/salary aspects can be addressed to Christoph Podzun, phone +49 (0)451 500-11019. More information on the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein can be obtained online at

We are looking forward to your application. Please submit your application until 26 May 2017, indicating your earliest possible starting date as well as the reference number 20170323, via our online portal:

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