Postdoc in human genetics (Germany) ~

14 de agosto de 2015

Postdoc in human genetics (Germany)

As a modern maximum-care hospital with a capacity of approximately 1,400 beds, the University Hospital of Cologne is dedicated to the practice of innovative academic medical excellence and assumes important societal functions in the fields of research, education and health care. The University Hospital of Cologne provides treatment to over 295,000 patients annually, with 58,000 of them receiving inpatient care. With a staff of about 10,200 employed by the hospital and subsidiary organizations, the University Hospital of Cologne is one of the largest employers in Cologne and ranks among the leading university clinics in Germany.

The Institute of Human Genetics at the Uniklinik Köln is seeking applications for a full-time and for two years

Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m)

to be employed under a limited-time contract.

The position is offered by Dr. Sebahattin Cirak from the Institute of Human Genetics Cologne/Germany. The principal investigator Dr. Sebahattin Cirak is leading an Emmy Noether Excellence Group funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The group is highly funded by additional other foundation grants and industrial collaboration. Laboratories are located at the Center for Molecular Medicine (

Your responsibilities will include:
• Discovery of novel muscular dystrophy-associated genes and molecular mechanisms by latest state of art OMICs techniques, in particular RNA sequencing
• Characterization of mouse models to investigate the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms leading to muscular dystrophy
• Development of novel antisense oligonucleotides for exon skipping therapy of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in-vitro and mdx mice models
• Development of protein quantification techniques including mass spectrometry
• Working in collaboration with an international team under supervision and leadership of the PI
• Publishing impactful original research papers

Minimum qualifications:
• Ph.D in biology and related field and a strong interest in drug development in genetically inherited diseases
• A solid background in molecular biology is desirable
• Ability to work on multiple project in collaboration with others
• 3 years hands-on experience with mouse models are obligatory
• Candidates with programming skills will be preferred
• Candidates should be creative and capable of developing a competitive research project while working in autonomy under the supervision of a team leader

Your salary will be based on qualification and experience including benefits according to TV-L E13. The jobs is currently for 2 years but will be extended if the candidate is successful.

The Board of Directors of the University Hospital of Cologne places strong emphasis on gender equality and seeks to increase the proportional representation of women in this field. Thus, applications from female scientists are welcome; suitably qualified women will be given preferential consideration unless other candidates clearly demonstrate superior qualifications.

We also welcome applications from disabled candidates, who will also be given preferential consideration over other applicants with comparable qualifications.

The position is suitable for staffing with part-time employees.

Please address enquiries to Dr. Sebahattin Cirak at

Further information is available on the internet at

Have we awakened your interest? Then please submit your application (including a detailed CV, list of publications, two references and a brief statement of research interests) here online

We prefer online applications, but also have the opportunity to apply via regular mail quoting the reference number e186-1 until 30th August 2015 to

Uniklinik Köln
Institut für Humangenetik
Dr. Sebahattin Cirak
Ausschreibungsnummer e186-1
Kerpener Str. 62
50924 Köln

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