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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

Postdoc and PhD student position available

Starting date: Spring 2019

A postdoctoral position and a PhD student position studying radial plant growth is available in the group of Thomas Greb at the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) of Heidelberg University, Germany.

Our group investigates the process of radial growth and cambium regulation as a model for elucidating developmental principles focussing on intra- and intercellular communication. In the context of an ERC project, it is envisaged that the successful applicant will address the fundamental question of how cell identities are reprogrammed during postembryonic growth processes using biochemical, molecular and/or computational methods. For more information on the project or the general setup, please view our website pages ( or contact Thomas Greb directly.

Research at the Centre for Organismal Studies in Heidelberg is dedicated to study organismic biology from the basic molecular principles to cell biology, developmental biology and physiology both in plants and in animals at all organisational levels. The institute is fully embedded into the Life Science campus of Heidelberg University and access to state-of-the-art imaging, proteomics and genomics platforms is assured.

Successful applicants will be highly motivated, have outstanding communication skills and be capable of working independently in a goaloriented manner. Postdoc candidates have published (or be close to publishing) in major international journals. Experience in some or all of the following disciplines is desirable: plant development, genetics, histology, molecular biology, cell biology and transcriptomics. To qualify for the postdoc position applicants should have a PhD degree or equivalent obtained in a related field, preferably no longer than three years ago.

Interested postdoc candidates are encouraged to send an email including a cover letter describing their motivation, CV and contact details for two referees to Thomas Greb ( Reviewing of applications will be continued until a suitable candidate is found.

PhD student candidates are obliged to apply via the homepage of the graduate school.

Prof. Thomas Greb  

Guse group

Prof. Annika Guse  

Hell group


Am Centre for Organismal Studies der Universität Heidelberg ist zum 1. März 2019 die folgende Stelle  zu besetzen:



Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in der Metabolomics Core Technology Platform

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Die Metabolomics Core Technology Platform wird von der Exzellenzinitiative Heidelberg unterstützt und ist im interdisziplinären Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg angesiedelt.


Ihre Aufgaben

  • Durchführung und Unterstützung in der Planung von Forschungsprojekten im Bereich Bioanalytik kleiner Moleküle in enger Kooperation mit Einrichtungen der Universität und des Universitätsklinikums Heidelberg
  • Entwicklung und Optimierung neuer GC-MS / LC-MS-Methoden zur sensitiven Bestimmung von Metaboliten (z.B. Zentralstoffwechsel) aus verschiedensten biologischen Matrices
  • Evaluierung und Etablierung von Datenanalyseprogrammen zur Auswertung von MS-Datensätzen von Isotopen-Markierungsexperimenten (‚13C-Tracing‘)


Ihr Qualifikationsprofil

Eine abgeschlossene Promotion im Bereich Biologie, Pharmazie, Chemie oder Biochemie oder einer ähnlichen naturwissenschaftlichen Fachrichtung

  • Erfahrung und fundierte Kenntnisse auf dem Gebiet der Massenspektrometrie und Chromatographie incl. Probenvorbereitung
  • Freude an ergebnisorientierter Arbeit im Team
  • Sehr gute deutsche und englische Sprachkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift
  • Exzellente Kommunikationsfähigkeiten und soziale Kompetenz


Wir bieten

  • Gut ausgestattete Forschungslabore
  • Ein innovatives Arbeitsumfeld und kollegiale Zusammenarbeit
  • Interessante und abwechslungsreiche Projekte
  • Unterstützung bei Weiterbildung und Zusatzqualifikation


Die Vergütung erfolgt nach TV-L 13.


Die Stelle ist bis zum 30.06.2022 befristet. Die Möglichkeit einer Weiterbeschäftigung/Verlängerung besteht.


Schriftliche Bewerbungen mit Lebenslauf, Lichtbild und Zeugnissen richten Sie bitte bis spätestens 31. Januar 2019 an das Sekretariat, Centre for Organismal Studies, Im Neuenheimer Feld 360, 69120 Heidelberg bzw. per Email in einem einzigen PDF-Dokument an:



Wir bitten um Verständnis, dass eingegangene Bewerbungsunterlagen nicht zurückgesandt werden.

Schwerbehinderte werden bei gleicher Eignung vorrangig eingestellt. 


Holstein group

Prof. Thomas Holstein 

Dr. Suat Özbek

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

The Developmental Biology Group (Prof. I. Lohmann) at the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) in Heidelberg, Germany is looking for

to study stem cell behaviour in the Drosophila testis.

The Lohmann lab ( works on elucidating the role of HOX transcription factors in defining cell fate using Drosophila as a model. We are located at the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and part of the collaborative research network SFB873 “Maintenance and Differentiation of Stem Cells in Development and Disease” (https://www.cos.uni-
We now seek for enthusiastic new colleagues to analyze the interplay between germline stem cells and their support cells under homeostatic and compromised cellular conditions. In particular, the project aims at identifying pathways monitoring genome integrity in stem cells and at uncovering the role of mitotic checkpoint components in monitoring asymmetric stem cell division in the male germline. The project builds on a wide array of advanced resources established in the Lohmann lab and will provide ample opportunity to implement and apply high-end techniques to investigate stem cells of the Drosophila male stem cell system at multiple scales.
The Heidelberg Molecular Life Science Community offers a vibrant stem cell research community, as well as state-of-the-art core facilities. You will have the opportunity to closely collaborate with highly recognized stem cell researchers of the SFB873 and beyond.

Successful candidates will have experience in confocal microscopy, advanced immunohistochemistry and possibly in Drosophila genetics and molecular biology. The ability to quickly integrate into an interdisciplinary team and work independently within an academic research environment is essential. The position is immediately available, the salary is according to TV-L regulations. Disabled persons with comparable skills will be preferentially considered.

Applications should be sent to:
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Lohmann
Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg Im Neuenheimer Feld 267
D- 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Project-related publications:
1. Papagiannouli F, Schardt L, Grajcarek J, Ha N and Lohmann I (2014). The Hox gene Abd-B controls stem cell niche function in the Drosophila testis. Developmental Cell 28, 189-202.
2. Merabet S and Lohmann I (2015). Towards a new twist in Hox and TALE DNA- binding specificity. Developmental Cell 32(3):259-261.
3. Tamirisa S, Papagiannouli F, Rempel E, Ermakova O, Trost N, Zhou J, Mundorf J, Brunel S, Ruhland N, Boutros M, Lohmann JU and Lohmann I (2018). Decoding the Regulatory Logic of the Drosophila Male Stem Cell System. Cell Reports 24(11):3072-3086.
4. Trost N, Rempel E, Ermakove O, Tamirisa S, Parcalabescu, Boutros M, Lohmann JU and Lohmann I (2018). WEADE: A workflow for enrichment analysis and data exploration. PLoS One 13(9):e0204016.

Group homepage

Jan Lohmann group

Prof. Jan Lohmann

Maizel group

Prof. Alexis Maizel  

Master Program

Open PhD positions

Pereira group

Prof. Gislene Pereira  

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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