PhD student (m/f/d), Medical Faculty

The Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Augsburg is offering a position for a

PhD student (m/f/d)

Work starts as soon as possible, but not before 1st of March 2024. The position is part time up to 65% of the regular working hours. For a start, it is limited to two years with the qualification goal of a doctorate. You will research on mechanism and functions of intramembrane proteases.

We seek enthusiastic and motivated candidates to join our team at the newly founded Institute of Theoretical Medicine in Garching, close to Munich. The Institute of Theoretical Medicine ( is a focal point for systematic basic biomedical research at the University of Augsburg.

Research at the chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ( focuses on intramembrane proteases. They are of crucial importance for the development and diagnosis of numerous diseases. We are particularly interested in the SPP/SPPL proteases, a family of intramembrane aspartyl proteases and how they impact on tumor development and metastasis as well as on sugar metabolism and, thus, on possible effects linked to diabetes. In this context, it is also of great importance to understand how these proteases act mechanistically and how their subcellular trafficking is mediated. Thus, the PhD project will on the one hand focus on specific mechanistic aspects of these proteases but also continue on understanding how SPP/SPPL proteases are regulated under physiological and pathological conditions.

We offer:

  • Excellent supervision by a dedicated advisor
  • modern research facilities in an excellent environment with good funding
  • a varied, responsible, and independent activity that can be shaped by your ideas and your personal commitment
  • open-minded and motivated colleagues
  • all advantages of the (social) benefits of the public service

Your profile:

  • Recent MSc graduate in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related field.
  • Enthusiasm for using and developing new techniques, and the
  • interpersonal skills to work within a diverse team of scientists.

The required qualifications must already be proven in the application documents by relevant scientific certificates.

Salary is determined by prior experience and on the fulfilment of requirements according to the German public sector pay scale up to E13 TV-L.

The University of Augsburg promotes professional equality for women and thus explicitly invites qualified female candidates to apply. Furthermore, the University of Augsburg stands particularly up for compatibility of family and career. For further information, please contact the Faculty Women's Representative.

Applicants with disability (m/f/d) will have preference at otherwise equal suitability, qualification and professional performance.

Please send application in electronic form in one single pdf-file by

December, 15th 2023


Applications should include curriculum vitae (Germans include copies of Abitur- & Diplom/Master-Zeugnis), a cover letter stating research and career interests and ideally the names and contact information for references.