registration number: fb20-0258-wmz-2022


Entry date:
as soon as possible


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


3 years


Volume of employment:
PhD student

The Philipps University, founded in 1527, offers multiple award-winning teaching for around 22,000 students and tackles the important issues of our time with excellent research across a broad spectrum of science.
At the Department of Medicine, Institute of Pharmacology, the research group on “Intestinal Cellular Plasticity” of Dr. Schmitt is currently accepting applications for a

PhD student in the field of Stem Cell Biology

The position is offered for a period of 3 years. The starting date is as soon as possible. The position is with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13, 65 %).
Our lab focusses on intestinal cellular plasticity in inflammation and inflammation-associated tumorigenesis. In an exciting upcoming WCRF ( funded project, we aim to elucidate how western-style diet alters colon cancer risk already at very early stages on a cellular level and we are currently looking for a motivated and dedicated PhD student with excellent qualifications to strengthen our team.


  • exciting in vivo research using transgenic mice in diet-related colon cancer mouse models
  • cutting-edge techniques such as 3D intestinal organoid cultures, live-cell confocal fluorescence microscopy, CRISPR/Cas9 mediated gene editing
  • next generation scRNA- and scATAC-sequencing

The position is limited to a time period deemed adequate for the completion of a doctoral degree. As part of the assigned duties, there will be ample opportunity to conduct the independent scientific research necessary for the completion of a doctorate. The limitation complies to § 2, 1 WissZeitVG.


  • MSc-degree or equivalent in biology or related life sciences
  • excellent background in cell and molecular biology
  • knowledge in next-generation sequencing data evaluation
  • experience in 3D cell culture and genetic engineering is of advantage
  • experience in planning and conducting in vivo experiments is an asset
  • You should be enthusiastic, self-motivated and capable of pursuing research projects independently as well as in collaborations
  • excellent communication skills in spoken and written English

Disposition to own scientific qualification is expected.
We offer a stimulating international scientific environment and a structured PhD Graduate Programme ( at the Biochemical-Pharmacological Center. We also actively support the professional development of junior researchers by the offers of Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International Office, the Higher Education Didactics Office and the Human Resources Development Office.

Contact for further information

Dr. Mark Schmitt

+49 6421-28 62262


We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. A reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.

Please send your application mentioning registration number above as a single PDF file to before 18.12.2022.

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