9 PhD and MD/PhD student (f/m/x)

The University of Cologne invites applications to its DFG-funded CCRC Graduate Program „Inflammatory & Cellular Stress Signaling: Switches to Vascular Dysfunction“ and offers

9 PhD and MD/PhD student (f/m/x) positions within the CCRC GRK2407

We seek highly motivated young scientists with extraordinary academic capabilities and a Master´s degree in Medicine or Natural Sciences. Applicants should have extensive laboratory experience and special interest in the topic. We offer PhD fellowships (TV-L) for 36 months with possibility of extension, starting from March 1st, 2022.

The University of Cologne strives to increase the share of women in the University and hence also strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored.


» Our Offer

Arterial vascular disease has long been considered as a state of adverse structural remodeling within arteries upon accumulation of circulating and vessel wall-derived cells, matrix, and cholesterol – histological hallmarks of atherosclerosis. However, more subtle alterations of vascular homogeneity and in particular vascular stressors have emerged as critical pre-requisites and drivers for a large spectrum of diseases. The major aim of our collaborative research training group (RTG) is to identify common vascular stressors and overlapping or redundant cellular signaling responses across a broad range of vascular disease entities. Our RTG welcomes highly motivated PhD and MD students to actively pursue cutting-edge research on individual, yet coordinated research projects, that are directly related to answering pertaining key questions for specific diseases in this research field. This RTG, embedded into the Cologne Cardiovascular Research Center (CCRC) aims to educate the next generation of cardiovascular researchers and to foster better understanding of the translational needs in this important medical area.


» Your future with us

Working at the University Hospital Cologne and the Medical Faculty means helping to shape the future - the future of medicine, of patients and, of course, your own future. You benefit from 59 clinics and institutes as well as numerous other departments and facilities and more than 10,000 jobs. The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cologne and the University Hospital Cologne assume important social tasks in research, teaching and patient care. A close network with many university and non-university partners guarantees an internationally successful science and the excellent education of our students.


» Your future in detail

We offer a stimulating scientific environment (CECAD, CMMC, CCRC GRK2407, SFB TRR259) on the campus complemented by numerous national and international collaborations of the group. Besides excellent supervision, the position offers participation in the Graduate School for Biological Sciences of the natural sciences faculty, University Cologne or Interdisciplinary Program of Molecular Medicine of the medical faculty, University of Cologne. Applicants will have access to cutting-edge technology and the opportunity for collaborations in an excellent scientific setting within and beyond the CCRC. Methods to be used include: molecular biology, immunofluorescence, imaging, transgenic mouse models and cell lines, biochemistry, cell biology, high-modality flow cytometry, bulk and single cell RNA sequencing.


Further information is available here.  


Have we awakened your interest? Please submit your application (application details see below) via the application platform of the University Hospital of Cologne.  

Application requires to include the following documents:

  • Fully completed Application form (download suitable format  - Weiterleitung zum Dokument )
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) / resume (including a photo)
  • Two letters of reference from your supervisors (download suitable format – Weiterleitung zum Dokument); Please forward this form to your referees and ask them to fill it out
  • Transcripts of records on your Bachelor´s and Master‘s studies (certified copies in English or German)
  • Copies of your Bachelor´s and Master´s certificates (certified copies in English or German)
  • If available, English language skills certificate (i.e. TOEFL) 




Dr. Monika Schlosser

Job-ID 00002690

Application deadline: 30.01.2022