Molecular and physiological analysis of disease-associated mechanisms

The NMI at the University of Tübingen, a research institute of the “Innovationsallianz Baden-Württemberg”, executes applied research at the interface between life and material sciences. The department of Molecular Biology develops cellular test system for research and industrial application. Two positions are open for candidates aiming at earning a PhD

Group Molecular Neurobiology

Numerous diseases of the central nervous system rely on synaptic defects and compromised neuronal transmission. Understanding of such processes is a prerequisite for the development and characterisation of novel drugs. Based on a genome-wide analysis of genes essential for synaptic connectivity, membrane receptors and related signaling pathways will be analysed which account for the stabilisation of inhibitory synapses in neuronal systems. Examples of the techniques employed and questions asked can be found in our publication:

Beuter et al. (2016) Receptor tyrosine kinase EphA7 controls interneuron connectivity at specific subcellular compartments of granule cells. Scientific Reports. 6, 29710

Please send applications via e-mail to

Prof. Dr. Hansjürgen Volkmer |, Tel.: +49 7121-51530 44

Group Target Expression Systems

Depending on individual disposition, inflammatory reactions contribute substantially to degenerative diseases and implant intolerance. Human induced pluripotent stem cells from donors with different dispositions will be differentiated to monocytes and other cell types to reproduce proinflammatory reactions. The interaction of such monocytes with materials and other relevant cell types will be analysed with state-of-the-art molecular methods.

The project is part of the industrial collaboration project “Systemimmunologie an biologisch-technischen Grenzflächen” (Systems immunology at biological/technical interfaces).

Please send applications via e-mail to

Dr. Richard Griesbach |, Tel.: +49 7121-51530 74

We offer

  • Research in close contact with industrial application
  • State-of-the art facilities for cell biology, microscopy, bioanalytics and biochemistry
  • Attentive support in a highly committed, multidisciplinary and cooperative environment

We ask for

  • Depending on the position chosen, a strong scientific background with a focus on cell biology, or biochemistry in the field of immunology, or neurobiology
  • Interest in interdisciplinary work
  • Capacity for teamwork, communication skills
  • Strong commitment in conjunction with a targeted approach