PhD Position

As a modern maximum-care hospital with a capacity of approximately 1,540 beds, the University Hospital of Cologne is dedicated to the practice of innovative academic medical excellence. At the Faculty of Medicine 1.800 scientists are engaged in research, ranging from basic sciences to clinical application, as well as teaching and health care. Together with the University Hospital Cologne the faculty maintains 58 clinics, research institutes and centres. 3.400 students study in this dynamic and innovative environment. The Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital Cologne are embedded in the scientifically highly active Rhine region. They have strong contacts to and alliances with the surrounding universities and non-university research institutions guaranteeing scientific excellence in research and teaching.
The Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Cologne is seeking applications for a full time

PhD (f/m)
to be employed under a limited-time contract for 3 years (based on the WissZeitVG).
A PhD position is open in the Nüsken laboratory “Perinatal Programming - Mechanisms and Prevention by Nutritional Intervention” at the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, University of Cologne, Germany (starting 1. January 2017). Our focus is to elucidate programming mechanisms of renal, metabolic and neurocognitive disease and to evaluate the effect of nutrional interventions on long-term health. The current project focuses on the effect of fatty acid supplementation during early life on neurocognitive and metabolic outcome. A variety of techniques will be applied to address our scientific goal, like: MRI scans, protein and gene analyses, histology and immunohistochemistry, metabolomics, behavioural tests. The research doctorate will have the chance to apply for the “Interdisciplinary Program of Molecular Medicine” at the Center of Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC), a joint Program of the faculty of medicine and the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences. This interdisciplinary program with an excellent international reputation in research and education in the area of "Molecular Medicine" does not only cover both research and complementary skills, but also offers individual mentoring by senior scientists in addition to the principal investigator of the research project. More information is available on
Your responsibilities will include:
  • working on the research project focused on the effect of fatty acid supplementation during early life on the neurocognitive and metabolic outcome in rats
  • animal work will include behavioral tests and MRI scans in cooperation with Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Metabolism Research, Cologne
  • molecular analyses like western blots, qRT-PCR, metabolomics
  • immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence studies
  • working in collaboration with an international team under supervision and leadership of the PI
  • publishing original research papers
Minimum qualifications:
  • MSc degree in biology, molecular life sciences or a related field
  • a strong interest in programming of disease and applied biology
  • candidates with experience in animal handling are preferred
  • candidates master thesis in molecular biology or nutrition sciences are preferred
  • previous experience in protein analyses, immunohistochemistry and bioinformatics is preferred
  • candidates should be creative and capable of developing a competitive research project while working in collaboration with postdocs and other team members under the supervision of the team leader
Your salary will be based on TV-L.
Applications from female candidates are welcome; suitably qualified women will be given preferential consideration unless other applicants clearly demonstrate superior qualifications.
We also welcome applications from disabled candidates, who will also be given preferential consideration over other applicants with comparable qualifications.
The position is suitable for staffing with part-time employees.
How to apply:
Have we awakened your interest? Please submit your application (including a detailed CV, list of publications, two references and a brief statement of research interests) here online
We prefer online applications, but you also have the opportunity to apply via regular mail
by 16. October 2016 quoting the reference number e307 to
Uniklinik Köln
Klinik und Poliklinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin
Dr. Kai-Dietrich Nüsken
Ausschreibungsnummer e307
50924 Köln
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
Please address telephone enquiries to Dr. Kai-Dietrich Nüsken at +49 221 478-96883
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