PhD Position in Freiburg, Germany
A PhD position is available to join the group of Matias Simons in Freiburg, Germany. The group investigates the mechanisms controlling planar cell polarity using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism [Current Biology, 2010 Jul 27;20(14):1269-76.; Nat Cell Biol. 2009 Mar;11(3):286-94, Annu Rev Genet. 2008;42:517-40, Nat Genet. 2005 May;37(5):537-43]. We are particularly interested in the role of proton transport in Frizzled-mediated planar polarity signaling. Also, we are trying to understand how defective planar cell polarity leads to human diseases such as polycystic kidney disease. The lab is funded by the Emmy-Noether-Program of the DFG and the Freiburg Initiative for Systems Biology.
The applicant is expected to have a strong interest in cell and developmental biology. Background in working with Drosophila and/or cell culture models is desirable but not necessary. The successful candidate is expected to be highly motivated, to work independently and pursue an integrated approach involving classical genetic, molecular, cellular, biochemical methodologies.
The lab is located in a brandnew research center (http://www.zbsa.uni-freiburg.de/projects/ag-simons) affiliated with both the University Hospital and the basic research campus. The Center is located in Freiburg, a beautiful city close to the Black Forest, that offers excellent opportunities for cultural and outdoor activities.
The application should include a cover letter, a CV and contacts of three referees. Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org