Doctoral thesis (PhD) in Biochemistry/Cell Biology/Neurobiology (Job ID 1928)

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The Research Group Kaether at the Leibniz-Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute Jena (FLI) invites applications for a PhD student position in the framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks MSC-ITN:SAND.

The FLI provides an international and dynamic research environment with highly interacting groups. Our group is working on intracellular transport mechanisms, with a focus on membrane proteins of the early secretory pathway. The thesis project is funded by the EU in the framework of the ITN (innovative training network) SAND (Secretion, Autophagy and their role in Neurodegeneration). It will be on Systematic analysis of the link between secretion and autophagy at the ER. We are looking for motivated students who like to work on the commonalities and differences in vesicle biogenesis for ER-Golgi, ER-autophagosome and ER-peroxisome pathways. You will use a variety of different methods including cloning and expression of fusion proteins, immunofluorescence and live-cell microscopy including super resolution microscopy. You will also determine the interactome of ER exit site proteins in various conditions of induced/inhibited secretion and autophagy. As model system, you will use cultured cell lines and primary neuronal cultures. Candidates are expected to have a strong background in biochemistry or cell biology or neurobiology. Experience in at least some of the mentioned methods is highly desirable.

The ITN SAND offers an excellent teaching program in an international setting with regular meetings, workshops, courses etc. The PhD candidate will get additional training in two secondments in Italy and France. For more info see

The application process:

Please follow the guidelines provided on:

and send your application electronically until October 15th, 2019, to:


Project(s): applicants can select up to two (2) preferred projects from the list available.

Required documents: a full CV, a motivation letter including a description of previous research experiences and contact details of two 2 referees. Only documents in English will be accepted. Please also include copies of credentials

Submission: applicants should submit the documentation to writing in the subject line the number of their selected projects (e.g. Projects-1 and -2) by October 15th 2019. Successful applicants are expected to start their projects on November 1st 2019 at earliest, but no later than February 2020.

In addition, all doctoral students at FLI are member of the Leibniz graduate school on Aging (LGSA). The LGSA has a centralized application and selection procedure, for details please check the homepage  If you ae interested in Project-9, please send a copy of your application to the LGSA.

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