Job ID: 117686

PhD student (m/f/d) – Department of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 1 April 2024

Employment Start Date: 1 May 2024

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Mainz

Country: Germany

Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-University



The Department of Psychiatry & Psychotherapie at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz invites applications from highly motivated candidates (m/f/d) to fill a PhD position as part of an international, interdisciplinary project to establish a biosensor for therapy response prediction of antidepressant treatment.

Your tasks:

  • Sample management and analysis of two human studies focusing on antidepressant treatment response
  • Implementation and establishment of biochemical assays
  • Performance of cell culture experiments (“back to bench”) as part of the translational part of the project
  • Data management, archiving and statistical analysis of measured values
  • Preparation and writing of scientific manuscripts
  • Communication with the European consortium partners

Requirements for the position:

  • Completed degree (diploma/master´s degree) in biology, biochemistry, biomedicine, pharmacy or a closely related discipline in Life Sciences.
  • Keen interest in scientific work and deep commitment neuroscientific/biomedical issues
  • Practical experience in enzyme assays and handling human samples would be helpful.
  • Solid understanding of basic neuro- and cell physiology is expected.
  • Self-motivated, independent, structured and conscientious working attitude as well as the ability to work in a team.
  • Very good knowledge of English and basic German, both written and spoken.

We offer:

  • An exciting and varied experimental project as part of an interdisciplinary and international scientific collaboration in a highly motivated team
  • Excellent supervision, outstanding scientific environment, friendly working atmosphere
  • Attending national/international congresses
  • Participation in the “PhD in Translational Biomedicine” training program of the Mainz Research School of Translational Biomedicine (TransMed)


Payment is made as a scholarship of the PhD program for Translational Biomedicine (Mainz Research School of Translational Biomedicine,

Your application:

The position is to be filled until May 2024 and for fixed term of three years.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Kristina Endres (Email: or Dr. Jan Engelmann (

Please submit your complete application via the online application portal by 1st April 2024. Applicants should submit a letter with statement of research interests and motivation, CV and contact details of 2 references (compiled in a single PDF file) by email.