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PhD student position in epithelial cell dynamics at University of Münster, Germany

Posted by , on 20 April 2021

Job type: PhD student position

Location: Münster, Germany

Closing Date: 1 July 2021

The group of Stefan Luschnig at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for a


PhD student
(Doctoral Research Associate / Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in; salary level 13 TV-L, 65%)

in the area of

Membrane trafficking dynamics during epithelial morphogenesis



This fixed-term position is available from the earliest possible date for a duration of three years. Currently, the regular working time for full-time employment is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week.

The Luschnig group investigates developmental, cellular, and molecular aspects of epithelial biology using a broad range of techniques, including modern imaging approaches. The PhD project is focused on membrane protein dynamics during tricellular junction assembly in epithelia (see e.g., Isasti-Sanchez et al. (2021) Dev Cell (2021); Wittek et al. (2020) Curr Biol 30, 4254–4262). The Institute currently houses six groups working with Drosophila and provides state-of-the-art microscopy infrastructure (CLSM, spinning disk, SIM, light-sheet, electron microscopy) and an international atmosphere.

Candidates with a strong background in cell or developmental biology, molecular biology or genetics are encouraged to apply. Applications from candidates interested in quantitative imaging are especially welcome. Experience with Drosophila genetics is not an essential requirement. The prerequisite for this appointment is a MSc degree in biology, biochemistry, or a related field.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Applications should include a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, and a grade transcript. The application deadline is 1 July 2021. Applications should be sent electronically as one single file in PDF format to:

Prof. Dr. Stefan Luschnig
Institute of Neuro- and Behavioural biology
Badestr. 9
D-48149 Münster, Germany


For more information please visit

Salary: 13 TV-L, 65%

Closing Date: 1 July 2021

Scientific fields: Cell biology, Development and disease, Morphogenesis, Organogenesis

Model systems: Drosophila

Duration: Fixed term

Minimum qualifications: MSc in Biology or Biochemistry or related disciplines

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