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Funded PhD position; in Cluster of Excellence Cells in Motion; at University of Münster; in Germany

The Cluster of Excellence ”Cells in Motion“ (CiM) at the University of Münster invites applications for a


PhD student position

(Salary Scale 13 TV-L / 65%) on

Neuronal morphogenesis in Drosophila


in the group of Dr. Sebastian Rumpf at the Institute of Neurobiology. The position will start on the earliest possible date. The contract will be fixed-term for three years with a possible extension. The group investigates developmental, cellular, and molecular aspects of neuronal morphogenesis, in particular pruning, using a broad spectrum of techniques ranging from biochemistry to modern imaging approaches. Possible PhD projects are focused on the dynamics of the neuronal cytoskeleton (Herzmann et al. 2017, EMBO J. 36(13) 1981-91) or on the regulation of developmental gene expression in Drosophila (Rumpf et al. 2014, PNAS 111(20), 7331–6).


The prerequisite for this appointment is an MSc or equivalent degree in biology or biochemistry or related fields. Individuals with a strong background in cell or developmental biology, molecular biology, or biochemistry are encouraged to apply. Experience with Drosophila is an advantage, but not a requirement. Applications from candidates interested in quantitative imaging and biophysical approaches are especially welcome.


The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.


Application documents should include a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae and a grade transcript. Additionally, the applicant is expected to arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the address below. The application deadline is 15 October 2017 . Applications should be sent electronically as one single file in PDF format to


Dr. Sebastian Rumpf, Institute of Neurobiology, Badestr. 9, 48149 Münster, Germany



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Deadline: October 15, 2017.

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