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Job Opportunities at COS Heidelberg

For Master and Bachelor theses, please contact the respective supervisor directly if not stated differently.


Apprenticeship positions

Apprenticeship positions are available at COS for "Fachinformatiker (m/w) Fachrichtung Systemintegration" and "Gärtner (m/w) Fachrichtung Zierpflanzenbau". More... 

Arendt group

 Prof. Detlev Arendt

Frings group

 Prof. Stephan Frings
 Dr. Frank Möhrlen

Greb group

 Prof. Thomas Greb  

Guse group

 Prof. Annika Guse  

Hell group

Please contact  Prof. Rüdiger Hell directly for information on jobs within the Hell Group.  

Holstein group

 Prof. Thomas Holstein 

 Dr. Suat Özbek

The laboratory of Dr. Suat Özbek at the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, is looking for highly motivated PhD students to join a research group working on molecular evolution in cnidarians.

The focus of the offered PhD projects is on understanding organelle morphogenesis and evolution in early branching metazoans. The successful candidate will study the function and evolution of novel molecular components in the morphogenesis of the cnidarian stinging organelle (David et al., Trends Genet. 2008; Beckmann et al., Int J Dev Biol 2010). Both projects are well-embedded in national and international cooperations.

Applicants should have a degree in Biological Sciences with a solid background in molecular biology and biochemistry. Basic skills in advanced microscopy and bioinformatics are of advantage. We are looking for motivated candidates with an interested in evolutionary and organismal biology. The Center for Organismal Studies provides a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment with access to various core facilities (Nikon Imaging Center, Deep Sequencing, Metabolomics).

Applications should be submitted to HBIGS or directly via email to Suat Özbek (, Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg, Heidelberg University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 230, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany.

The positions are funded by the DFG for 3 years according to the German TV-L13 (65%).

Deadline is 01.03.2018.

Koch group

Please find descriptions of currently open positions within our department here.

Please contact  Prof. Marcus Koch or  Prof. Claudia Erbar directly. 

Dr. Anja Schmidt accepts applications for internships, Bachelor and Master projects.

Please contact   Dr. Anja Schmidt.

Kummer group

 Prof. Ursula Kummer

Ingrid Lohmann group 

 Prof. Ingrid Lohmann

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Jan Lohmann group

 Prof. Jan Lohmann

Maizel group

 Prof. Alexis Maizel  

Master Program

Open PhD positions

Pereira group

 Prof. Gislene Pereira  

PhD position

The laboratory of Dr. Gislene Pereira at the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD student to join a team of international researchers.

The focus of the lab is to understand the mechanisms that contribute to cell division and genome stability using yeast as a model system. The successful candidate will study the function of novel components of a mitotic surveillance mechanism that contribute to accuracy of cell division (Pereira and Yamashita, Trends Cell Biol. 2011; Caydasi et al., Cell Div. 2010).

We offer a dynamic and supportive working environment (with English as the spoken language). The successful candidate will acquire expertise in a wide range of techniques comprising advanced microscopy, proteomic and genomic approaches. He/she will also benefit of being part of the structured PhD programme at the University of Heidelberg (HBIGS).

Applicants should have a degree in Biological Sciences with a solid background in cell and molecular biology, and special interested in research related to asymmetric cell division or cell cycle control. Applicants should be highly motivated, self-driving and able to work independently and as part of a team. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are required.

Application procedure: Applications including a CV, a brief summary of current and future research plans (1 page max), relevant certificates, and contact details of two academic referees should be submitted via email or mail to Gislene Pereira (, Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg, Heidelberg University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 230, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany. We ask for your understanding that applications cannot be returned.

Payment will be according to the German TV-L13 (part-time).

The position will be available from 1 October 2017.

The University of Heidelberg is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity. People with disabilities are given priority with the same suitability. Appointment will always be made on merit.

Pollerberg group

PhD Position in Developmental Neurobiology

Topic: Molecular mechanisms of axon growth

The project in our department aims at a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying the growth and navigation of axons during development and regeneration. In particular, we study the role of cell adhesion molecules, cytoskeletal components, and intracellular signalling molecules which mediate between them. The project is basic research but aims at contributing to the development of novel therapeutic approaches, e. g. for axon regeneration (patents). Our major model system is the retina of chick and mouse embryo and our approaches comprise a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art techniques such as elaborate cell and tissue culture systems, molecular biology/biochemistry and micro-/nano-technology, and live imaging microscopy. For details, please visit our webpage: Stellen / Open Positions  and have a look at our review article .

We offer a well equipped department (Faculty of Biosciences) which is member of the COS (Center for Organismal Studies) and IZN (Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences) and also of the Cell Network Excellence Cluster. The Heidelberg Campus provides not only a very stimulating scientific environment but also a wide range of excellent facilities such as the Nikon Imaging Center, electron microscopy core facility, RNAi screening facility, deep sequencing core facility etc.. In our department, we offer supportive mentoring, motivating atmosphere, and safe funding of the PhD projects for 3 years (50% TVL E13). For questions or applications, please send an email to (CV as a single pdf; please note that any documents submitted by mail cannot be returned).

Rausch group

 Prof. Thomas Rausch
 Dr. Steffen Greiner

Schumacher group

 Prof. Karin Schumacher

Strahl group

 Prof. Sabine Strahl 

Wittbrodt group

All PhD students in the Wittbrodt group are recruited through HBIGS 

For inquiries on openings on the Bachelor, Master or PostDoc level please contact Jochen Wittbrodt directly.

For the Braunbeck group please contact the group leader directly. 

Independent junior groups

 Dr. Sergio Acebrón

 Dr. Lazaro Centanin

 Dr. Jan-Felix Evers  

 Dr. Emmanuel Gaquerel  

 Dr. Guido Grossmann  

 Juniorprof. Dr. Steffen Lemke  

 Dr. Michael Raissig

 Dr. Sebastian Wolf  


Metabolomics Core Technology Platform

Please contact Dr. Markus Wirtz



 Prof.Thomas Rausch

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