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Funded PhD position; in Mitochondrial Cell Biology; within Department of Cell and Developmental Biology; at University of Munich; in Germany

The Osman lab, a young research group starting at the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Munich (LMU) is recruiting a PhD student, to start in fall of 2017.

The position will be funded by a grant from the European Research Council for a period of 4 years.

Our lab is interested in the fundamental but poorly understood question of how cells maintain and correctly organize their mitochondrial genomes. Since the mitochondrial genome is essential for energy production in cells, failure in the maintenance of a functional mitochondrial genome has dire consequences that can lead to diseases or aging. Elucidation of the mechanisms that ensure maintenance and organization of error-free mitochondrial genomes therefore holds the key to understand the cause for such diseases or aging phenotypes.

The Osman lab studies the model organism S. cerevisiae and uses a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art approaches to tackle these questions, which include:

  • Multi camera live-cell-microscopy with high temporal resolution to examine the dynamics of the mitochondrial genome
  • Super-resolution microscopy
  • Computational image analysis
  • Next-generation sequencing of mitochondrial DNA
  • Biochemical approaches combined with mass spectrometric analyses

We are looking for a highly motivated student holding an excellent Master’s degree (or equivalent) to join our group.

You are expected to have a solid understanding of relevant techniques in molecular biology. Experience in microscopy and image analysis are a plus.

The University of Munich is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference.

To apply, please send your application materials, including a motivation letter, your CV, and names of two referees in a single pdf file to Prof. Dr. Christof Osman (

Deadline: Unspecified

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