Vacancy Notice  109/2024

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) is an internationally oriented and regionally networked university with a strong research profile.


Subject to the provision of third-party funding, the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Systems Biology seeks to fill the following vacancy:

Academic Researcher (PhD-Student) (m/f/d) in the field of biochemistry, signal transduction

Salary scale:
13 TV-L
Date commencing:
Fixed term (until):
Contract status:
65 %

We are a university with a focus on engineering and natural sciences as well as economics, human sciences and medicine. We offer excellent study and working conditions to 13,000 students from Germany and abroad as well as approx. 3,000 employees.

The Department of Systems Biology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at OVGU investigates molecular mechanisms of humoral signal transduction in physiological and pathophysiological cellular model systems. Information on our projects can be found at

We are looking for two PhD students (subject to funding approval) for the EFRE project "Signalling proteins as intracellular target structures for peptides: a new, targeted molecular-therapeutic approach". In this project, peptide-based approaches will be developed that enable targeted intervention in pathologically altered signalling pathways. The adapter protein Gab1 serves as the target protein.

Job description:

  • Quantitative experimental studies on Gab1-dependent signal transduction networks using biochemical, molecular biological methods
  • Establishment and optimisation of the use of inhibitory peptides
  • Application of theoretical/systems biology approaches to unravel signalling networks and targets for peptide-based inhibition

Requirements profile:

Qualified applicants (m/f/d) are highly motivated and hold a scientific Diploma/Master's degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related subjects. Experience in the analysis of signal transduction and/or mammalian cell culture is an asset. Excellent knowledge in English is obligatory. Strong motivation to work independently with the support and guidance of a very co-operative team is expected.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Fred Schaper and Dr. rer. nat. Anna Dittrich by phone: +49 391 67 50220/50215 or E-mail: fred.schaper(at) and anna.dittrich(at)

You will benefit from our structures and offerings in the fields of sustainability, diversity, family support and staff development. Our location in the center of a thriving, lively and family-friendly state capital guarantees a high quality of life and a wide range of leisure activities. For more information, please visit

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg is a signatory of the German Diversity Charter. We welcome your application, regardless of gender, cultural and social background, age or sexual orientation. Applications from severely disabled people or people with an equivalent impairment will be given priority in the case of equal suitability, ability and professional expertise. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg strongly promotes gender equality in all professional areas.

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Please send your complete application (motivation letter, curriculum vitae, graduation certificates, references) by
May 05, 2024
using the online application portal.

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