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The German Diabetes-Center (DDZ) is a Leibniz Institute for diabetes research at the Heinrich Heine University (HHU) of Düsseldorf, Germany.
The DDZ has the aim to develop new approaches to prevention, early detection and diagnosis of Diabetes mellitus and to improve the therapy of Diabetes mellitus and the treatment of its complications.
The Institute for Clinical Diabetology of DDZ (Director: Prof. Dr. M. Roden) and the research group Magnetic Resonance at the Institute for Molecular Cardiology (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Flögel) seek candidates for a
PhD Position
to apply magnetic resonance imaging and multinuclei (H-1, P-31, C-13) magnetic resonance spectroscopy in humans with special focus on heart. The DDZ has its own research dedicated 3-T-MR whole body scanner with established  experimental research applications such as assessment of ectopic lipid deposition, whole body fat distribution, phosphocreatine resynthesis and glycogen metabolism, and has all required infrastructure for 1H/13C/31P/19F MRS.
The institute of Prof. Roden is focusing on the application of multi-nuclear MRS combined with MRI and stable isotope technology. Major findings relate to insulin resistance, fatty liver disease, and mitochondrial dysfunction. (e.g. J Clin Invest, 1996; Diabetes, 2011; PLoSMed, 2007; Magn Reson Med, 2008, 2012, 2014; MAGMA 2014).
The research group Magnetic Resonance at the Institute for Molecular Cardiology ( has extensive experience in non-invasive longitudinal MR-monitoring in mouse models of cardio-vascular diseases. These methods comprise in vivo quantification of infarct size (late Gadolinium enhancement (LGE)), edema (T2-Mapping), energy metabolism (31P), inflammation (19F), lipid content (1H) and assessment of heart function and remodeling of heart tissue following myocardial infarction (cine-MR) (e.g. Basic Res Cardiol 2014; BBA 2014).
Diploma/Master in physics or a related discipline, preferably with experience in in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance application and pulse programming. The candidate should show diligence, personal responsibility, capacity for teamwork, resilience, good German and very good English language skills.
Establishment of non-invasive markers of cardiac energy metabolism in mouse models and transfer to a clinical setting, data analyses, collaborative research in medicine/biochemistry/physiology, writing publications and Grants.
The position is funded for 3 years. The initial contract runs for 2 years with an option of prolongation. The salary is based on qualification and experience according to TV-L. Females are especially encouraged to apply, and in the case of equal qualification, handicapped persons will be given preference. The German Diabetes Center is committed to family-friendly working conditions and equal gender policy. Since May 2011, the DDZ is a "Career and Family" audit-acknowledged Center.

If you are interested, please send a letter of application and CV, and names, addresses and phone numbers of 2 referees by 30 April 2015 to: In case any professional/technical questions might arise please contact Dr. Jesper Lundbom (phone: +49 (0)211 3382-228, email:

Deutsche Diabetes-Forschungsgesellschaft e.V.
 - Personalwirtschaft - Auf’m Hennekamp 65, 40225 Düsseldorf

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 - Personalwirtschaft - Auf’m Hennekamp 65, 40225 Düsseldorf

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Das Deutsche Diabetes-Zentrum ist eine vom Bund und vom Land Nordrhein-Westfalen institutionell geförderte Forschungseinrichtung an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, deren Auftrag es ist, auf Basis interdisziplinärer Forschung Beiträge zur Reduzierung der individuellen und gesellschaftlichen Belastung durch den Diabetes mellitus zu leisten. Das Institut ist...

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