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Funded PhD position; at The Biochemical Institute; Medical Faculty; University of Giessen; in Germany

The Biochemical Institute (Prof. Dr. Lienhard Schmitz), Medical Faculty, is inviting applications for a


PhD student position (salary scale TV-H 13, 65 %)


The position is available from the next possible point of time until the end of the project 30.06.2020. The project entitled “Elucidating the contribution of SIAH2 to the development of cor pulmonale” is part of the DFG-funded collaborative research center 1213 “Pulmonary Hypertension and Cor pulmonale”. The position is provided for a promotion within the framework of the Giessen Graduate Center for the Life Sciences. The project: This project is carried out together with the Physiological Institute (University Giessen, Prof. Susanne Rohrbach) and investigates the role of the ubiquitin E3 ligase SIAH2 to the development of cor pulmonale. We have found that mice lacking the ubiquitin E3 ligase SIAH2 are largely protected mice from hypoxia-induced cor pulmonale. It will now be investigated whether heart-specific deletion of Siah2 protects against right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH). We will also assess whether ongoing RVH can be inhibited or even reversed by inducible ablation of Siah2. The molecular targets, signaling pathways and metabolic changes regulated by SIAH2 in the right ventricle will be identified and further characterized. Additionally, we will test the applicability of SIAH2 inhibitors for the prevention and treatment of RVH. This project is funded by the CRC1213 and employs a battery of diffent methods from biochemistry/molecular biology and also uses mouse models (https://www.uni- Your profile: You have succesfully finished your university degree in medicine, biochemistry, biology or a related field. A strong interest in cell biology, molecular imaging techniques and molecular biology is welcome. We are looking for a highly committed and motivated person who enjoys socializing within a international modern life science research team but who is also capable to develop an independent research profile. The Justus Liebig University Giessen seeks to support women in scientific research. Therefore we strongly encourage women to apply for the available position. As a family friendly institution of higher education, the Justus Liebig University Giessen welcomes applicants with children. Please send your application (no e-mail) stating the application number 508/02162/11 with the usual documents until 22.09.2017 to Prof. Dr. Lienhard Schmitz, Biochemical Institute, Friedrichstrasse 24, 35392 Giessen, Germany. Applicants with disabilities but otherwise equal qualification will be preferred. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned after end of the selection procedure.

Deadline: September 22, 2017.

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