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PhD and postdoc positions in Luschnig Lab to study tricellular junctions

Posted by , on 22 November 2016

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The group of Stefan Luschnig at the Cluster of Excellence “Cells in Motion” (CiM) and the Institute of Neurobiology, University of Münster, invites applications for a

PhD student and postdoc position

The positions are available from February 2017 for three years.

The Luschnig group investigates developmental, cellular, and molecular aspects of epithelial biology using a broad spectrum of molecular, genetic and modern imaging approaches. Our current work is focused on the mechanisms of the formation and function of tricellular junctions (TCJs), which seal epithelia at the sites of contact between three cells. Despite their fundamental role, TCJs are poorly described in terms of their structure, composition, and the dynamics of their assembly and maintenance. We investigate these questions using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system (Byri et al. (2015) Dev Cell 33 (5) 535).




The Luschnig group is part of the “Cells in Motion” (CiM) cluster, which provides a dynamic interdisciplinary research environment. The Institute of Neurobiology 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 and biophysical approaches are especially welcome. The prerequisite for this appointment is either a M.Sc. or PhD degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or related fields.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women in academia. 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. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Application documents should include a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae and a grade transcript. Additionally, applicants are expected to arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the e-mail address below. The application deadline is the 9th of January 2017. Applications should be sent electronically as one single pdf file to

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