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PhD student (m/f/x)

for the Department of Transfusion Medicine and Hemostaseology

Your tasks:

The Department of Transfusion Medicine and Hemostaseology is offering a PhD position starting early in 2022. The project aims to identify early markers of immunodysfunction in systemic inflammation with a focus on sepsis and severe injuries. Furthermore, potential therapy mechanisms targeting neutrophil dysfunction (e.g., modulation of NHE1) will be addressed.
Scope of the project

  • Characterization of neutrophil functions in vitro after stimulation with sepsis related mediators
  • Linking of granulocyte (dys-)function with early cellular markers as certain antigens or intracellular alterations
  • Advancement of a whole blood environment simulating sepsis, e.g., improvement of an already established ex vivo whole blood model
  • Translational application of the identified markers in experimental and clinical sepsis
  • Development of a rapid, clinically applicable method to stratify the risk of patients with related to the function of the immune system
  • Project-related publications (PMIDs): 32958893, 33178198, 33796110

Essential experience/qualifications:

  • Master or equivalent degree in life sciences, including molecular medicine, biochemistry, biology, or bioinformatics
  • Solid knowledge of basic laboratory methods (ELISA, Western Blot, qPCR …)
  • “can-do” attitude with a high motivation combined with the desire to work in an interdisciplinary team of scientists, physicians, students, and post-docs
  • Bioinformatic skills and/or experience in flow cytometry and/or cell sorting are advantageous
  • Proficiency in English, another language is beneficial

Additionally beneficial are:

  • Benefical for international applicants: Proven ability to work in an international environment (e.g., an internship >3-6 months abroad)


  • Intended pay grade depending on qualifications and personal requirements according to TV-L E13 (50%)
  • The position is initially for a fixed term of three years, with possibility of extension
  • The starting date is 01.03.2022, or as soon as possible.
  • Application deadline ends on 31.01.2022
  • Notes for applicants (f/m/x)

We offer:

  • secure, interesting job in a motivated, open-minded team
  • Careful and qualified training and support for the new challenge
  • A varied and responsible field of activity with individual development opportunities
  • Comprehensive health promotion offers
  • All benefits of the public service incl. supplementary pension plan of the Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder (VBL) (Federal and State Government Employees' Retirement Fund)
  • Family-friendly environment and, where appropriate, places in a dormitory
  • Crediting of work experience possible

Further information:

apl. Prof. Dr. med. Robert Zimmermann
Phone: 09131 85- 36972


Your application should contain the following documents (merged as one PDF file):
1. Motivation letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Copy of diploma(s)
4. Other relevant documents or certificates or letters of recommendation

Please address the applications to:
Universitätsklinikum Erlangen
Transfusionsmedizinische und Hämostaseologische Abteilung
in der Chirurgischen Klinik
Prof. Dr. H. Hackstein, MBA
Krankenhausstraße 12
91054 Erlangen

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