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Firma: University of Luebeck, Germany
Eingetragen am: 2019-09-05

11 PhD Positions in Obesity/Metabolism Research in GRK1957 "Adipocyte-Brain Crosstalk",
University of Luebeck, Germany

Application Deadline: 30 October 2019

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Research Projects
The researchers in the DFG-funded Graduiertenkolleg 1957 study the effects of adipose tissue hormones on CNS function and in turn, the control of adipose tissue physiology by the brain. We are looking for highly motivated candidates for the following PhD projects (supervisors in brackets). 
Tentative start: May 2020. Earlier start date could be discussed with the PIs in the interview.

  1. Central regulation of CO2-induced metabolic changes of adipose tissue and its alterations in endothelial dysfunction (Jan Wenzel/Markus Schwaninger)
  2. Role of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1α in metabolic changes in the hypothalamus of obese mice (Olaf Jöhren)
  3. TRH neurons in the energy homoeostasis and regulation of brown adipose tissue (Helge Müller-Fielitz/Markus Schwaninger)
  4. Parkinson`s Disease as a model for mechanisms of body weight regulation(Norbert Brüggemann/Britta Wilms)
  5. Effects of thyroid hormone on adipocyte-brain crosstalk (Jens Mittag/Alexander Iwen)
  6. Effects of subchronic activation of brown adipose tissue in humans(Sebastian Schmid/Britta Wilms)
  7. Interplay between white and brown fat tissue and brain structure and function (Thomas Münte/Marcus Heldmann/Swantje Brede)
  8. Dynamic epigenetic regulation of leptin gene expression during positive and negative energy balance (Henriette Kirchner)
  9. Interaction of the circadian clock and the reward system in metabolic regulation (Henrik Oster)
  10. The role of the SCN clock in the regulation of leptin signaling in the brain(Henrik Oster)
  11. Impact of the ACE2/Ang(1-7)/Mas axis and the angiotensin A/alamandine/ MrgD axis on weight regulation (Walter Raasch/Michael Bader)

Our Offer

  • 3-year employment contract, salaries according to German civil service tariff TV-L 13, 65% 
  • All research groups are located at the Center of Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM) with state-of-the-art lab facilities incl. MRT scanner, metabolic core unit, LC-MS, microscopy
  • Comprehensive academic support, e.g. project-specific courses, soft skills training, funding for research stays abroad, individual career coaching 


  • Research-based master's degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma) passed with an above-average grade in biology, molecular life science, neuroscience, nutrition & biomedicine, pharmacology or a related subject 
  • Excellent English language skills in speaking and writing 
  • Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary team 

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 8:00 am, CETPlease DO NOT send applications via email to individual PIs. Such emails cause severe disturbances in the daily work and will not be considered. Only complete online applications will be accepted. Please carefully read the formal requirements before completing the online application form. 


GRK1957 Office, chaoqun.jiang(at)

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