PhD position in Cardiovascular Biology (Duesseldorf)

 Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf  Düsseldorf
The Vascular Biology Group at the Division of Cardiology, Pulmonology, and Vascular Medicine of the University Hospital Duesseldorf is seeking a

PhD Candidate (m/f)

to study T cell phenotypes and the role of costimulatory molecules in myocardial infarction.
Myocardial infarction and experimental models thereof are characterized by a profound tissue-degenerating and inflammatory response. Yet, the majority of studies has focused on innate immune mechanisms while molecular and cellular components of the adaptive immune system have gained less attention.
The project will identify the T cell response upon myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury in mice. We aim to determine antigen-specific responses in this experimental model and examine the role of costimulatory molecules relevant for T cell function and differentiation (e.g., CD27, CD28, CD40L, ICOS). The overarching goal of our group and division is to use experimental findings and relate these to clinical relevant questions in a translational approach by examining key

You bring:
  • A masters degree in biology, pharmacology, (veterinary) medicine or a related field.
  • Ideally a background in the field of immunology, cell or cardiovascular biology .
  • Selfmotivation and willingness to advance an independent research project.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Readiness to work in an interdisciplinary and international team.
  • A FELASA category B certificate or equivalent as an optional plus.
We offer:
  • An interesting and highlyrelevant research project
  • A wellequipped lab with basic research and clinical perspectives addressed by an interdisciplinary team
  • A wide method spectrum including experimental cardiovascular models and immunological, biochemical, and optical analysis platforms
  • Close supervision to successfully finish the project and obtain a PhD/Dr. rer. nat.
  • Interaction with several local, domestic, and international collaboration partners.
  • Salary according to TVLE13 (65%)
  • Starting date September 2018 or as soon as possible.
To apply, please send a single PDF file containing a CV, relevant certificates, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of at least 2 references to Prof. Norbert Gerdes (

Send application to
Norbert Gerdes, PhD
Associate Professor of Vascular Biology
Division of Cardiology, Pulmonology, and Vascular Medicine
University Hospital Duesseldorf
Moorenstr. 5, 40225 Duesseldorf, Germany
+49 (0)211 81 13474
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