University Hospital Tübingen / Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research & Institute for Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics
The Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (Dept. of Neurodegenerative Disease) and the Institute of
Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics of the University of Tübingen are inviting applications for
2 PhD students, TVL E13, 65%, 3 years in Genomics of Rare Diseases
in Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research & Institute for Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics
Project 1 (Bioinformatics): You will perform bioinformatic analysis on large whole genome (WGS) and RNA sequencing (RNS Seq) datasets with the aim to identify novel disease genes and mutation mechanisms causing. Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), a rare form of motoneuron disease. A particular focus of this project will be the analysis of structural DNA variation with long Nanopore sequencing reads as well as the development of new analysis strategies to interpret and prioritize non-coding variants, aided by combined WGS and RNA Seq analysis.
This position is funded by the 'Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung' (BMBF) via funding for the
TreatHSP network (https://www.treathsp.net).
Project 2 (Functional Validation): You will work in cellular disease models including iPSC-derived neurons to demonstrate the pathomechanism of novel candidate mutations and pathogenic relevance of candidate disease genes. Hereby you will apply a wide range of molecular genetic, biochemical and cell biological methods. Tools we frequently use in the lab are CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing of iPSCs and other cell types. You may apply proteomics or lipidomics to determine the cellular consequences of disease-causing mutations and apply genetherapy approaches in vitro to test therapeutic strategies.
This position is funded by the European Union via funding for the Horizon2020 project Solve-RD (http://solverd.eu).
What we are looking for: We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious candidate with an excellent Master's degree in Molecular
Genetics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, Informatics/Bioinformatics or related life sciences.
What we are offering: We offer two challenging interdisciplinary projects that are integrated into major national and European research consortia at the interface of genomics and translational medicine, well-equipped laboratories with top-notch facilities, excellent supervision in a highly collaborative international environment and affiliation with the Graduate Training Center of Neuroscience.
Both positions are available immediately. Salary will be determined according to the German collective wage agreement in public service (TVL 13, 65%), 3 years.
If you are interested in either of the two projects please send your full application including a motivation letter, your CV, transcripts, your master's thesis and/or publications to