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PhD Student (focus: analysis of high-dimensional data in epidemiological studies)


Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the Institute for Epidemiology and Social Medicine

The University Hospital of Münster is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. Such a position cannot be achieved by size and medical successes alone. The individual commitment counts above all. There are many possibilities open for you so that you may develop with them.

The Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the Institute for Epidemiology and Social Medicine of the University of Münster offers a position, initially limited to 3 years, of a

PhD Student (focus: analysis of high-dimensional data in epidemiological studies)
Ref. 03465

Salary according to TV-L E13
Part-Time with 66%

(*gn=gender neutral)

The Institute is involved in a variety of population-based, registry-based and clinical epidemiological studies; these studies offer a huge and diverse ressource for research projects. The research of the Institute focuses on neurological and psychiatric diseases, diseases of the cardiovascular system and infectious diseases. The Clinical Epidemiology Unit uses and develops modern statistical and mathematical methods for the appropriate analysis of primary and secondary data. The Unit also coordinates the Central Biobank of the Medical Faculty and supports research projects that combine high-dimensional data obtained from biosamples with clinical routine data for a joint analysis.

The PhD project

  • focuses on the role of the human microbiome and its metabolic pathways for the development of neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases
  • involves the analysis of data already available at the Institute, the design of a new study based on publicly available secondary data as well as the development of a statistical and epidemiological analysis pipeline with the help of simulation studies
  • will add key evidence to an important and up-to-date research topic
  • is planned to result in three publications in high-quality peer-reviewed international journals

What we expect:

  • Masters degree in Biostatistics, Epidemiology or Mathematics
  • Advanced knowledge in statistical and epidemiological methods
  • Experience in statistical programming (e.g. R, Stata, Python)
  • Analytical and structured way of working, good team and communication skills, as well as a sense of responsibility and quality awareness
  • Excellent English or German language skills

What we offer:

  • Full dedication to the PhD project in a structured or unstructured PhD program (own choice)
  • Support for further personal training not directly related to the PhD thesis (e.g. structured development of leadership competencies)
  • An interesting and versatile project with challenging tasks
  • Training and work in a multidisciplinary and committed research team

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. André Karch (akarch(at)­uni-muenster(dot)­de).

Please send your application including a CV and a letter describing your motivation to work with us until 10.03.2019 to Personalgewinnung des Universitätsklinikums Münster, Bewerbermanagement, Domagkstraße 5, 48149 Münster or via e-mail to Bewerbung(at)­ukmuenster(dot)­de.

Applications of women are specifically invited. In the case of similar qualifications, competence, and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.



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