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DAAD PhD Scholarships; in Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology; at University of Oldenburg; in Germany

The Carl von Ossietzky University is a dynamic, continuously growing university with various research projects of international impact and thus provides a large range of opportunities for curiosity and creativity. The university aims at playing an active role in innovative exchange with industry, organizations and public institutions.

The Research Training Group (RTG) “Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology” is aiming to investigate the biology of sensory cells at the molecular level. The research projects have a strong interdisciplinary character involving both project leaders and students from biology, chemistry and physics. Projects will target fundamental problems in research fields dealing with vision, hearing, magnetoreception, olfaction and bacterial chemoreception. Thesis topics will address, for example, activation processes of receptor molecules, receptor-coupled signal transduction pathways and molecular switch mechanisms in components of these pathways. Moreover, the understanding of sensory phenomena in living systems is envisioned to benefit greatly from physical model systems and vice versa the biological systems could inspire the development of new technical applications (e.g. in biomedicine). Thus, the central topics of all projects will be directed towards unravelling the operational principles of sensory systems and towards understanding the common molecular and physical principles realized in sensory systems.

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) supports the Research Training Group „Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology” with

2 PhD scholarships

Start: Spring 2018

The program is addressed to non-German candidates having a Master- or Diploma-degree in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or related subjects with excellent study achievements. The last final exam (Master Degree) should have taken place no longer than six years ago. The willingness to work on an interdisciplinary PhD project and documents certifying good knowledge of the English language are expected.

Topics, single projects can be viewed on the website of the RTG ( Please indicate three projects in your application and rank them according to your personal preference. The University of Oldenburg will have a selection procedure and nominate suitable candidates for a DAAD scholarship. These candidates will have to send a second application to the DAAD office, which is selecting the two candidates.

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is an equal opportunity employer aiming to increase the proportion of female academic staff members. Therefore, we especially encourage women to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified.

Please send your application electronically (one PDF-file)  (s. also at to E-Mail: or by mail to Prof. Dr. Karl-Wilhelm Koch, Faculty VI, Biochemistry group, Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 9-11, D-26129 Oldenburg, Germany

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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