PhD student position - Kretzschmar Group

Applications are invited for the PhD student position in the group of Dr Kai Kretzschmar (Adult Stem Cell Niche)

The group is interested in the adult stem cell niche in epithelial tissue homoeostasis and cancer with the oral mucosa and head and neck cancer as model systems. To map cell-cell interactions and characterise the role of bidirectional signalling within the tissue and tumour microenvironment, we use genetic lineage tracing, single-cell transcriptomics and organoid technology. Within an ERC-funded project, the candidate will develop pipelines for the analysis of single-cell and spatial transcriptomics and imaging data. This also includes the programming of new bioinformatics tools in R and Python environment as well as setting up web-based data visualisation using Shiny apps and other tools. We are thus looking for a highly motivated candidate that is trained or has robust experience in bioinformatics/computational biology. For more information on the group click here

Projects start in July 2023 (an earlier or later start can be negotiated).
Applicants will be expected to have an excellent graduate degree in biology, biomedicine, biochemistry, computational biology, bioinformatics, or related discipline, sound knowledge and interest in cell and tumour biology, strong lab skills and a good command of the English language.

Applications can be submitted until June 5th, 2023.

We offer:

The centre is located at the Institute for Virology and Immunobiology at the University of Würzburg with fully equipped and modern laboratories, state-of-the-art technology, competitive funding and access to core facilities.

  • Full-time appointment for 3-years, salary (TV-L E13, 65%), fixed-term, extension possible,
  • Enrolment in the Graduate School of Life Science with broad research and skills training,
  • Close collaborations with the Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the University Hospital, the Max Planck Institute for Systems Immunology and the Biocentre in Würzburg,
  • Würzburg is a thriving place with local recreation areas and student-friendly vibes.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender or disability. The University aims to increase the proportion of female employees, therefore applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Preference will be given to people with disabilities in the case of otherwise equal aptitude. Working language is English, knowledge of the German language can be beneficial, but is not required.

If you would like to hear more about the projects, please get in touch with the group leaders.

Please send applications including

  • a cover letter (with a statement of motivation),
  • curriculum vitae,
  • relevant degree certificates and academic transcripts,
  • contact details of 2 independent references (one of the referees should be the Master’s thesis supervisor)

as a single PDF file via email to phd-applications@msnz-wuerzburg.de