PhD POSITION OFFERED IN FREIE UNIVERSITAT ON PAIN RESEARCH IN GERMANY

Department of Anesthesiology
Charité – Campus Benjamin Franklin
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

We are seeking candidates with enthusiasm and interest in biochemical, cellular and molecular techniques. Our group is interested in mechanisms of inflammatory and neuropathic pain and their control by opioids and neuro-immune interactions (e.g. Nature Med  2003, 8:1003-8; J Neurosci 2006, 26:4350-8; J Clin Invest 2008, 118:1065-73.26:4350-8; PLoS Pathog 2009, e1000362;  J Clin Invest 2009, 119:278-86; Brain Behav Immun 2010, 24:683-94).

We are funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) and provide a stimulating environment through interactions with experimental and clinical groups at the Freie Universität Berlin, Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Zuse Institute for Applied Mathematics, Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum, Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology and Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine.

The PhD position is implemented in a project on the regulation of opioid peptide expression and release from immune cells. Methods include tissue dissection from rats and mice, cell culture experiments, biochemical (Western blotting, enzyme assays), and molecular biology (PCR, in situ hybridization). Establishment of new strategies is encouraged.

We are looking for a candidate with experience in biochemical and immunological techniques. Demonstrated proficiency in English language, the ability to work both independently and as a team member, and the disposition to perform animal experiments is critical. Applications require a completed Master`s or equivalent degree in biochemistry, biology or neuroscience. The position is available for 3 years. Salary is according to BAT IIa/2 (E 13/2). We cannot reimburse travel expenses. Please send a CV and the names of two references to:

Prof. Dr. Halina Machelska
Department of Anesthesiology
Charité – Campus Benjamin Franklin
Hindenburgdamm 30
D-12200 Berlin, Germany

Email: halina.machelska@charite.de

Application Deadline : 30 December 2010

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