Teaching & Training at the ZMNH (Center for Molecular Neurobiologie)

Teaching & Training at the INIMS

Bachelor/Master Students

For undergraduate students of biology or related fields we offer practical lab rotations of at least six weeks. There is also the opportunity to complete a bachelors or masters thesis on an immunological or neurobiological topic in the context of MS pathogenesis or other neuroimmunological diseases in our lab. If you are interested, please send an email including your CV to: inims@zmnh.uni-hamburg.de

Medical Students

Motivated medical students have the opportunity to work on an immunological or neurobiological topic in the context of MS pathogenesis or other neuroimmunological diseases to gain their Medical Doctor (MD) degree. This will include a 12 month period of full-time integration in the lab. If you are interested, please send an email including your CV to: inims@zmnh.uni-hamburg.de

PhD Positions

We have limited openings for motivated, spirited graduate students. If you are interested in joining the INIMS as a PhD student working on a neurobiological or immunological topic, please send an email to: inims@zmnh.uni-hamburg.de

Open positions

We have limited openings for motivated, spirited graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduates. If you are interested in joining the INIMS, please send an email to Manuel Friese, and include your CV and a brief statement of why you are interested in our work. We look forward to hearing from you!

Invitation for application

PhD Student Position in Neuroimmunology

The INIMS (www.inims.de) is focused on understanding how immune system dysregulation and neurobiological responses promote central nervous system injury in multiple sclerosis. We combine immunological, neurobiological, genetic, and systems biology approaches in the mouse model together with translational approaches by studying human patient material (see Schattling B, et al., Nature Medicine. 2012;18:1805-1811; Piédavent-Salomon M, et al. Brain. 2015;138:3263-74; Dendrou CA, et al. Nat Rev Immunol. 2015;15:545-58).

The offered position is part of a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the German-wide Competence Network Multiple Sclerosis, whose goal is to better understand the pathogenetic processes in multiple sclerosis. The ZMNH offers excellent research infrastructure and working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment located in beautiful, cosmopolitan Hamburg, Germany. Close proximity to the main campus of University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf provides excellent opportunities for patient-oriented basic research. An initial contract will be offered for 2 years, with the possibility for extension. Compensation corresponds to 65% weekly regular working time of a scientist. Working language of the lab and institute is English.

Job description: You will be expected to independently organize and conduct basic research in molecular and cellular immunology. Your primary experimental responsibility will be to analyse classical and invariant T cell responses in MS patient material and to address molecular and cellular mechanisms of immune responses in multiple sclerosis mouse disease models. For this purpose you will use functional genomic approaches, immunological methods (e.g. flow cytometry, tissue staining of mouse brain and spinal cord) and state-of-the-art transgenic methods in mice.

You will be expected to cooperate closely with senior immunology researchers and bioinformaticians working on related projects in the Friese group. Through regular progress reports, you will integrate your results with that of other research activities at the institute and the broader scientific literature. You will also prepare data for publication and present your results at both internal (Competence Network Multiple Sclerosis) and international scientific meetings. During your work as a PhD student you will be integrated into a structured PhD program at the ZMNH, which aims at ensuring that you gain a broad knowledge and key competencies required for a successful scientific career.

Your profile: We are looking for highly motivated and well-organized PhD candidates who intend to pursue research science as a career. Candidates should have a Master degree/Diploma in biological sciences or medicine. Significant prior laboratory experience in immunology, neurobiology, genetics, cellular and/or molecular biology techniques is expected. Expertise in immunological techniques and/or in transgenic and knockout mouse models of disease is strongly preferred. Prior experience in generating and analyzing genome-wide datasets would be advantageous. Ability to interact effectively with other researchers, particularly bioinformaticians, in a team environment is essential. Candidates with demonstrated ability in this regard will be preferred.

Applicants with significant physical disabilities will be given preference over others being equally qualified. The University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf wishes to enhance the proportion of women in those areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

The position is available from 01. April 2016, but later starting dates are also possible. Please send your application to bewerbung@uke.de or to Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, GB Personal, Recht & Organisation, Recruitment, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg until 22. February 2016 with the subject line “Kzf.: 2016-01/37” and include a single attachment (PDF file, max. 2 MB) containing:
1) 1–2 page cover letter summarizing scientific accomplishments, research and career goals, reasons for the interest in our project, and expected date of availability
2) CV with a complete list of publications and certificates (starting from Abitur/A-levels/high school)
3) Contact information for two to three references

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