11 doctoral positions in the RTG 2154 „Materials for Brain" in Kiel
The University of Kiel (CAU) as well as the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), Germany, is offering
11 Doctoral Positions
within the Research Training Group 2154 “Materials for Brain”
starting from April 1st, 2020. The positions will be awarded for three years. The weekly working time is 75% of a full employment (currently 29.025 hours). The salary corresponds to the level of E 13 TV-L of the German public service salary scale.
The DFG-funded Research Training Group 2154 “Materials for Brain” investigates nano- and microscale therapeutically active coatings for their suitability as implants to treat three selected diseases of the brain (epilepsy, aneurysm, glioblastoma). Investigations according to material-controlled drug release, implant interactions as well as suitability of the implants for diagnostics with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are in the main focus of the research projects, which can open up new prospects for novel therapies. The investigation and development of such cutting-edge localized therapies and suitable functional materials requires substantial interdisciplinary collaboration between materials science and medicine, and is characteristic for this Research Training Group.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates for the following PhD projects:
P1a: Fabrication and characterization of Mg-based thin film implants (E. Quandt)
P1b: Effect of Br and Li as alloying element for Mg-based thin film implants on cellular response (R. Willumeit-Römer)
P2a: Thin film flow-diverter stents based on superelastic shape memory alloys (E. Quandt)
P2b: Aneurysm flow imaging using Arterial Spin Labeling techniques (O. Jansen)
P3: Microstructured thin-film interpenetrating composites for drug release (R. Adelung)
P4: Controlled drug release via stimuli sensitive barrier coatings deposited by initiated chemical vapor deposition (F. Faupel)
P5: Responsive materials for drug release in the brain (C. Selhuber-Unkel, R. Adelung)
P6: Embedding implant materials into structured hydrogels (C. Selhuber-Unkel)
P7: Rescue me! Overcoming foreign body responses towards brain implant materials (K. Hattermann-Koch)
P8: Neuroimplants for glioblastoma therapy (J. Held-Feindt)
P9: Epilepsy therapy by local release of antiepileptic drugs (P. Wulff, U. Stephani)
More information about the projects can be found on our webpage under Projects -> Second Phd-generation (Link).
• The research groups are located at the University of Kiel, the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein UKSH and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht with state-of-the-art lab facilities incl. cleanroom facility, MRI scanner, microscopy, EEG/electrophysiology, cell culture and corrosion laboratories
• Comprehensive academic support program including subject-specific courses, soft skill training, research stays abroad, individual career coaching. Participation is mandatory
• 3-year employment contract, salaries according to German civil service pay scale E 13 TV-L, 75% of a full employment
• Research-based master's degree or diploma preferably in materials science, biology, molecular life science, neuroscience, medicine, (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics, pharmacy or a related subject
• Very good English language skills in speaking and writing
• Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and the ability to work efficiently in an interdisciplinary team
How to Apply
Kiel University aims at increasing the number of women in research and academic teaching and strongly encourages applications of accordingly qualified women. Women will be preferred, provided equal qualifications and scientific performance.
The CAU supports the employment of severely disabled persons. Therefore, severely disabled persons will be preferred, provided equal qualifications and scientific performance.
Applicants with a migration background are particularly welcomed.
To be eligible to apply, you should have a research-based master’s degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma,) preferably in a subject listed under "Your Qualifications".
English skills: Although a test score (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) is not mandatory, it may be a good supportive document for your application.
Please also have in mind that both your active participation in the academic support program and a research stay abroad are required for a successful graduation from this Research Training Group.
The complete Application must include:
• Letter of motivation
• Your CV
• Your Master’s degree certificate AND transcript (if you will graduate by the end of 2019 and have not received your Master’s degree at the time of application, please submit your latest transcript records)
• Your Bachelor’s degree certificate AND transcript
• Your secondary school leaving certificate qualifying your admission to higher education in your home country
• Two letters of recommendation from your recent academic supervisors or employers carrying the official university or company letterhead OR contact details of two referees.
Documents issued in a language other than English or German must be translated into English AND certified by a public notary/German Consulate with an official seal.
Applications that do not fulfill the formal requirements will not be processed.
Please do not send applications via email to individual Principal Investigators of the Research Training Group. Such emails will not be considered. Only online applications will be accepted. Please carefully read the formal requirements before completing the online application form.
Please refrain from submitting application photos.
Applications close on November 1st, 2019.
A two-stage selection process will then take place:
(1) Suitable candidates will be invited to a video interview.
(2) Successful candidates from round 1 will then be invited to a workshop (27.-31.01.2020) in Kiel, Germany. Candidates will receive accommodation and financial support for travel expenses.
Start of the PhD projects is April 1st, 2020.