As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

At our institute you will find a scientifically stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by an excellent infrastructure you make an important contribution of the improvement of people’s quality of life. 

The Institute of Developmental Genetics (IDG) develops new genetic tools to unravel molecular causes of human diseases. With a focus on Parkinson`s disease, preclinical mouse and cellular human models are used to identify the molecular disease signatures to determine the interplay of genetic predispositions, environmental and life style factors in combination with aging. Based on these findings novel preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are developed to combat these devastating diseases.

We are now recruiting a highly qualified and motivated

PhD student (f/m/d) 2019/0276

Your Responsibilities

  • investigation into the molecular mechanisms underlying direct reprogramming in vitro and in vivo
  • investigation into molecular mechanisms associated with DNA-repair which increase the efficiency of homology-directed repair using the Crispr-Cas system
  • generation and analyses of new disease models for Parkinson´s Disease with focus on single cell sequencing and/or metabolome analysis

Your Qualifications

  • completed diploma or master's degree in biology/biochemistry or bioengineering
  • good background in genetics and cell biology
  • good knowledge of current molecular and cell biological methods
  • high motivation, sense of responsibility, reliability and ability to work in a team
  • experience in the experimental handling of experimental animals (mice) is desirable, but not a prerequisite

What we offer you

A challenging and versatile field of work providing you with the freedom to follow your instinct and be creative. With the help of extensive and goal-orientated professional development measures and career-building programmes we encourage you to grow as a person. To ensure a good work/life balance we assist you with flexible working hours, in-house health management, a nursery, child care subsidy where required and an “Elder Care” concept as well as other consultation and support options.

Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and research institutes it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (EG 13 TV EntgO Bund).

The position is (initially) limited to three years, but under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. Applications from women are welcome. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Prof.Dr. Wolfgang Wurst on 089 3187-4111, who will be happy to be of assistance.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application including your letter of motivation, CV and academic transcripts of records preferably in English.

Prof.Dr. Wolfgang Wurst

Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institute of Developmental Genetics
Ingolstädter Landstr. 1

85764 Neuherberg near Munich

The Helmholtz Zentrum München is part of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization. Altogether 40 000 people currently work in its 19 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers. The Association's annual budget amounts to around 4.7 billion Euros.