The Walentek lab studies the molecular mechanisms of mucociliary development, regeneration and disease. We are particularly interested to elucidate the interactions between cell signaling, transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation, and the morphogenetic processes that facilitate complex tissue formation and function. Our work aims to provide crucial insights into the logic of self-organization in biological systems as well as into the molecular mechanisms underlying chronic lung diseases.
Two fully funded PhD positions will be available starting October 2017 (or later). The group is supported through the Emmy-Noether-Program by the DFG. We offer a great environment to perform cutting-edge science at the interface between basic and translational studies. We are affiliated with the excellent Freiburg Medical Center and located at the Center for Biological Systems Analysis. This provides access to state-of-the-art core-facilities and collaborations, including advanced light and electron microscopy, proteomics, computational biology, mathematical modeling and genetics/genomics. PhD students will have the option to participate in the Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine and benefit from advanced training and mentoring opportunities.
Experience in cell/developmental biology, genetics/ genomics, or (bio)informatics is highly desired. Apply with a letter of motivation, a CV (incl. publications), and contact information for two scientific references to firstname.lastname@example.org.