ESR 9 – DE: Study of peroxisome-centred membrane contact sites and transporters by high-resolution proteomics

The research group of Prof. Dr. Bettina Warscheid at the University of Freiburg, Department of Biochemistry & Functional Proteomics, offers a

PhD Position for the Study of peroxisome-centred membrane contact sites and transporters by high-resolution proteomics

The group is located in the Institute of Biology II and part of the Clusters of Excellence BIOSS and CIBSS – Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies – and a leading group in high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics. The department provides excellent research conditions with modern cell and molecular biology laboratories and state-of-the-art high-resolution MS instrumentation (Orbitrap technology). See for more information.

The PhD project is part of PerICo (Peroxisome Interactions and Communication), a multi-partner Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network under the European Union programme Horizon 2020 that aims at uncovering how peroxisomes, important cellular organelles, participate in the intricate cellular interaction and signaling network. Further information can be found at

Your tasks:

  • design, perform, and evaluate quantitative proteomic studies using high-resolution MS
  • identify and characterize membrane contact sites and novel membrane transporters
  • bioinformatics and statistical analysis of large proteomic datasets
  • interdisciplinary project work with partners in the consortium
  • computation of cellular networks integrating the results obtained in the proteomic studies

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, or a related Life Science discipline
  • practical experience in proteomics or mass spectrometry is advantageous
  • strong interest in bioinformatic data processing and statistics
  • skills in molecular genetics and programming/scripting languages (e.g. Python, R) are advantageous
  • excellent command of English and ability to work in a team
  • highly self-motivated and enthusiastic for proteomic and biomedical research

We offer:

  • an interdisciplinary and supportive team
  • a lab with excellent infrastructure and latest instrumentation
  • an excellent scientific environment in an international research community
  • participation in education, career development, and training opportunities
  • an attractive salary including a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married) in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers.

The position is available as of now, initially for three years with the potential for extension for one year. Please note that the formalities of Horizon 2020 specify that candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months within the last 3 years.

The University of Freiburg is an equal opportunity employer. Applications of women are encouraged. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference. Interested candidates should send an application including CV, study certificates, areas of expertise and interests, list of publications, and the names and addresses of two referees as one single PDF file via email to Prof. Dr. Bettina Warscheid ( or apply via the PerICo website ( The application deadline is July 28, 2019.

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