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Department of Neurology

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m) in Neuroimmunology/Next-Generation-Sequencing

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. We need your commitment so that we can achieve great things for our patients and research. We offer countless opportunities for personal and professional development.

In the Department of Neurology (Head: Prof. Dr. Heinz Wiendl) we are offering limited for 3 years from March 2018 the position of a

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m) in Neuroimmunology/Next-Generation-Sequencing
Ref.: 01567

Salary according to TV-L E 13 (100%) 
Fulltime 38,5 (hours/week)

Our laboratory is dedicated to obtaining a better under¬standing of neuroimmunological diseases. We combine our experience in basic animal models and patient-focussed research with novel state-of-the-art Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies to better understand nervous system autoimmunity.

We are an interdisciplinary team of biologists and physicians and have a long-standing interest in understanding the basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of central nervous system (CNS) autoimmunity and novel treatments. The applicants will work within the Neuroimmunology lab of the Department as part of the established research group of PD Dr. Meyer zu Hörste.

In addition to various animal models and an extensive biobank of MS-derived and other specimen, we employ cell and molecular biology techniques such as flow cytometry, cell isolation and sorting, RT-PCR, Western blotting, cloning, ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, and confocal microscopy. We also routinely perform different single cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) methods. Specifically, we use drop-seq and 10x scRNA-seq and are establishing CITE-seq in our department and apply these techniques in a multitude of collaborative projects. Bioinformatic analyses are performed both by us and by collaborators. We have a lively interaction with highly renowned groups in the field of immunology and neuroimmunology both nationally and internationally. This is reflected by our collaborations within the Sonderforschungsbereich „breaking barriers“, the Transregio SFB „Multiple Sclerosis“, and the Excellence Initiative Cells in Motion.

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to better characterize local immune reactions in the CNS by combining (single cell) RNA-seq with animal models and translational projects.

The qualified candidate should have a Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics or a related scientific discipline. The candidate should be able to work independently but also to be a team player and share our passion for understanding CNS autoimmunity. Hands-on experience in NGS methods will be most advantageous for the present position and such applicants will be given preference. Good written and oral communication skills in English are also required. Experience with animal models, flow cytometry or computational analysis tools will be beneficial but is not required. The ideal candidate will be interested in developing her/his own research profile including the ability to acquire independent third-party funding.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and CV electronically to: PD Dr. Gerd Meyer zu Hörste (gerd.mzh(at)­uni-muenster(dot)­de) until 31st January 2018.

In the case of similar qualification, 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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