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Ph.D. Student in Essen/Germany

24 August 2020

Ph.D. Student in Essen/Germany

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Our research group investigates the pathophysiological function of thyroid hormone transporters in the mouse brain. In particular, we aim to clarify the pathogenic mechanism underlying the Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome, a severe form of psychomotor retardation caused by a thyroid hormone transporter defect and aim to develop treatment strategies.

For the project "thyroid hormone transporters at brain barriers" embedded within the newly established DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio CRC/TR 296 “Local control of TH action” (LocoTact) we are seeking an enthusiastic PhD student with a Master degree (or equivalent) in Neurosciences, Molecular Life Science, Biochemistry or a related field. The PhD student will analyze CNS function of cell-specific TH transporter mutant mice by conducting various imaging, gene expression and neurobehavioural studies (see also: Mayerl et al, JCI, 2014; Mayerl et al, Stem cell reports, 2020). Previous experience with mouse experiments is of advantage.

The PhD position is available at the next possible date and is funded up to 3.5 years according to the German pay scale (TV-L E13, 65%). The PhD student will be enrolled into the integrated graduate school (iRTG) that offers an exciting and highly interdisciplinary educational curriculum including courses and workshops at our partner sites in Berlin and Lübeck. Main language of the iRTG as well as of the lab is English.

The University of Duisburg-Essen follows the principles of equal opportunities, and we strongly value diversity. We thus welcome applications from all members of society.

For further information regarding the CRC/TR LocoTact, the graduate school, project and application procedure please visit:

Please send your application form, your CV and degree certificates as 1 pdf file to Locotact

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Closing date:
Contract length:
3.5 years
University Duisburg-Essen
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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Heike Heuer
Dept. Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
at University Hospital Essen
Hufelandstr. 55 - D-45147 Essen

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