|Two fully funded PhD Positions in cell, developmental and systems biology|
|at the Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Germany|
The Walentek lab studies the molecular mechanisms of mucociliary development, regeneration and disease. Mucociliary epithelia line the embryonic epidermis as well as the respiratory tract of many animal species, and provide an important first line of defense against pathogens for the organism. We are particularly interested to elucidate the interactions between cell signaling, transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene regulatory networks, and the morphogenetic processes at the cellular and tissue-wide levels, which facilitate complex tissue formation and function. Our work aims to provide crucial insights into the logic of self-organization in biological systems as well as into the molecular mechanisms underlying chronic lung diseases.
Two PhD positions will be available starting October 2017 (or later). The group is supported through the Emmy-Noether-Program by the DFG, which provides fully funded PhD positions (65%). We offer a great environment to perform cutting-edge science at the interface between basic biology and translational medical studies. The Walentek lab is affiliated with the excellent Freiburg Medical Center (Universitätsklinikum Freiburg) and situated in the multidisciplinary research building of the ZBSA (Center for Biological Systems Analysis). This setting provides access to state-of-the-art core facilities and collaborations, including advanced light and electron microscopy, proteomics, computational biology, mathematical modeling and genetics/ genomics. PhD students will have the option to participate in the Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine and benefit from advanced training and mentoring opportunities.
Prior experience in cell/developmental biology, genetics/ genomics, or (bio)informatics is highly desired. Interested students should apply with a cover letter stating their motivation, a CV (incl. list of publications if applicable), and contact information for two scientific references to firstname.lastname@example.org .