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The Cluster Project ENABLE - Unraveling mechanisms driving cellular homeostasis, inflammation and infection to enable  new approaches in translational medicine is a newly established interdisciplinary research network, which has been initiated  jointly by the Goethe University Frankfurt, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, the Fraunhofer Institute for Translational  Medicine and Pharmacology, the Georg-Speyer-Haus and the Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysics. The network recently received  funding by the State of Hesse and is looking to recruit among six other PhD students

1 PhD student in Bioinformatics / Computational Systems Biology (m/f/d, E13 TV-G-U, 65 %)

The positions are initially limited to three years.   The  Cluster  Project  strives  to  unravel  and  understand  selected  pathogenic  mechanisms  and  signaling  pathways  to  identify  disease-relevant critical targets for therapeutic intervention. The projects within the Cluster will focus on the areas of cellular  homeostasis,  infection  and  inflammation,  host-pathogen  interactions  and  cover  the  complete  range  from  molecular  mechanisms to translational clinical science, computational modelling, and economic analysis. ENABLE is well embedded in the  excellent research infrastructure at the participating universities and research institutions; all participating sites offer access to  state-of-the-art technologies, well-equipped laboratories, a vibrant scientific exchange and an internationally competitive scientific  training program. Details on the available projects can be obtained below from the respective group leaders; for overall information  to the Cluster Project, candidates can visit www.enable-frankfurt.de  

Candidates should have a first-class academic degree in bioinformatics or a bioinformatics-related discipline (Master’s degree or  equivalent  for  PhD  positions),  a  strong  background  in  bioinformatics,  network  analysis,  and  computational  systems  biology  (programming  skills  are  required)  and  be  highly  motivated  and  enthusiastic  to  join  the  fast-moving  and  internationally  highly  competitive field. Very good written and spoken English is expected.

As part of ENABLE, we offer tailored interdisciplinary training to all researchers in the network, a framework of common scientific  activities and a strong mentorship for future career development. PhD students will be affiliated with graduate schools of the  respective universities and research institutions to ensure a well-structured, first-class education.  The university and all institutes advocate equal rights for women and men and therefore urge women to apply. Handicapped  candidates are given preferential treatment with equal personal and professional qualifications.

Applicants  should  send  their  application  in  a  single  pdf-file  including  cover  letter,  CV,  scanned  academic  degrees,  list  of  publications and two references with contact details to

Prof. Dr. Ina Koch  
Molecular Bioinformatics  
Institute for Computer Science  
Goethe-University Frankfurt
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Please do not send any original documents as the application documents will not be returned.   Travel and application costs cannot be reimbursed.

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