PhD position, Paediatrics, University of Oldenberg, Germany 

In the Department of Paediatrics of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Oldenburg, Germany,  a temporary position is available as a

PhD position (m/f/d)

(salary according to E13 TV-L, 65%)

for three years.

The project will focus on the Molecular characterization of neonatal hypoxic ischaemic brain injury in a rat model. It will be conducted at the Department of Paediatrics (Prof. Axel Heep, Prof. Torsten Plösch) of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Oldenburg, Germany, in close collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University Medical Center Groningen.

Neonatal hypoxic ischaemic brain injury is a major cause of perinatal mortality and cerebral palsy worldwide. Perinatal hypoxia causes acute injury in the affected brain area and subsequent damage in more remote brain regions, thereby influencing on brain development and long-term brain function. We aim to study signalling cascades (aryl hydrocarbon receptor pathway) and (epigenetic) aging in the affected brain.

Your tasks

- execution of molecular biology and epigenetic analyses

- planning and execution of experiments and transfer of the gained knowledge into medically relevant systems

- evaluation and interpretation of data

- development and application of technical solutions

- participation in congresses and presentation of data

- supervision of students and medical doctoral candidates

We offer

- a diverse, stimulating and challenging topic in translational medical research

- an appreciative, creative and dynamic working environment

- the possibility of self-determined work

- promotion of young talent (e.g. through further education and training programs)

- VBL supplementary pension in the public sector


The completion of an academic university degree (Master or equivalent) in Life Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Human Medicine or in a comparable discipline. Good written and spoken German or English skills are required, Dutch skills are desirable. Experience in animal experimental work is preferable but not a prerequisite for the project. Advanced knowledge in Cell Biology or Molecular Biology with proven practical expertise, team spirit and interest in interdisciplinary cooperations are of advantage. In addition to broad knowledge in cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry, experience in DNA extraction and common protein analysis methods are desirable.

The University Oldenburg aims to increase the proportion of women in the scientific field. Therefore, women are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance with Lower Saxony regulations (§ 21 Section 3 NHG) female candidates with equal qualifications will be preferentially considered. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

If you are interested and have questions, please contact Prof. Axel Heep, Please send your application (description of your motivation, curriculum vitae, certificates, etc.) by February 24th 2022 preferably by e-mail (single pdf-file) to, Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät VI Medizin und Gesundheitswissenschaften, Department für Humanmedizin, Abteilung Anatomie, Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 9 - 11, 26129 Oldenburg.

We would like to point out that application and introduction costs cannot be covered. Written application documents will only be returned if a sufficiently stamped envelope is enclosed.

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