PhD Position in Biology

Humboldt University of Berlin Institute of Biology


Code number: DR / 004/21

Category (ies): Scientific staff

Number of digits: 1

Location: Faculty of Life Sciences - Institute of Biology

Application until: 03.02.21


Area of responsibilities:

Scientific research services in the DFG funded project aiming to understand processes involved in autophagosomal and lysosomal maturation in axons with specific focus on the cytoskeleton. Rat primary neurons and human iPSC-derived neurons will be used as model systems to perform a broad range of biochemical, molecular biology and imaging experiments. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis.


Completed master degree in Molecular Life Sciences or Biology (submitted thesis is a minimum); expertise in advanced fluorescence imaging techniques (for example, completed advanced course on microscopy); practical skills in biochemistry and molecular biology techniques (molecular cloning, expression and purification of recombinant proteins; theoretical and practical experience in working on the cytoskeleton field (for example cell-free actin and microtubule reconstitution assays, imaging of the cytoskeleton in cells); experience working with mammalian cell cultures, especially with primary neurons; practical skills in isolation of intracellular vesicles; theoretical knowledge and practical experience with application of high-resolution imaging techniques (confocal microscopy, TIRF, STED); experience with live cell imaging (especially applied to the cytoskeleton and trafficking of proteins and organelles).

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Please send your application (CV, motivation letter, relevant certificates and two letters of recommendation) and quoting the reference number DR/004/21 to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Institut für Biologie, Prof. Dr. Marina Mikhaylova (Sitz: Invalidenstr. 42), Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin or via e-Mail in one PDF-file to

The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.

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