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PhD Position Lab Massberg Nicolai

Platelet Neutrophil Atherosclerosis


The University Hospital of Munich (LMU), is one of the largest and most competitive university hospitals in Germany and Europe. 47 specialized hospitals, departments and institutions harboring excellent research and education provide patient care at the highest medical level with approximately 10.000 employees.

The Medizinische Klinik and Poliklinik I (Cardiology) invites applications for

2 PhD Positions (m/f/d) in full-time
(Start: Summer 2022)

Our group has identified immunothrombosis - the interplay of platelets, the coagulation cascade and the innate immune system as a crucial mechanism in host defense as well as infectious and thrombotic disease. We have highlighted that particularly the interplay between platelets and neutrophils is central to immunothrombosis. Beyond its protective effects, this interplay can cause severe hyperinflammation, for example in COVID-19. We now strive to further our understanding of platelet-neutrophil interplay in atherosclerosis. For this, we use state-of-the-art intravital microscopy, murine inflammation and thrombosis models, multicolor flow cytometry, Omics-approaches and in vitro setups.

We seek:

The ideal candidates should have experience with immunological and molecular biological techniques or expertise in bioinformatics with additional interest in wet lab work. Experience with mouse inflammation models, as well as intravital microscopy would be advantageous, but are not required. You should be highly motivated and team-oriented with a strong interest in immunology and cardiovascular disease. Solid English skills written and spoken are mandatory. The successful candidate for the PhD position should have successfully concluded a master in life sciences or related disciplines, such as bioinformatics, biology, molecular biomedicine, immunology or cell biology.

We offer:

You will work in an international group of experienced staff (Postdocs and PhD students from different fields like veterinarians, physicians and biologists, as well as technical assistants) with an excellent infrastructure and a strong focus on translational research at Campus Großhadern.

Your work will focus on in vivo research involving sophisticated mouse models and in vivo imaging approaches, in addition to state-of-the-art flow cytometry, as well as in vitro experiments. The salary will be according to TV-L. In addition, we will offer workshops (scientific and soft skills) and seminars within the research field and the opportunity to attend and present at international conferences.

The University of Munich is an equal opportunity employer. The University welcomes and encourages interest from handicapped candidates and gives priority to applications from people with a severe handicap who hold similar qualifications.

Applicants should submit their electronic application by sending an email (including CV, motivation letter, certificates as well as publication list and references if available) until 20th of July 2022 to: Dr. med. Leo Nicolai: leo.nicolai@med.uni-muenchen.de or via our online portal.

Application costs cannot be compensated.