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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

Post doc (TV-L E13, 100%)

and a

PhD student (TV-L E13, 60%)

Starting date: Autumn 2018

The project: The project addresses a fundamental and pivotal question of plant research: How are protein translation, meristem activity and autophagy regulated under nutrient deficiency to achieve optimal growth responses?

A unique feature of our research team is the combined expertise on the regulation of diverse nutrient assimilation pathways, gene expression and metabolomics profiling and the stress-induced regulation of the sensor kinase ’Target of Rapamycin’ (TOR). TOR is one of the central growth regulators in higher eukaryotes. We selected sulfur metabolism as a proxy for nutrient-deficiency based signaling, since reduced sulfur is incorporated into the amino acid cysteine. The linear and relatively simple sulfate assimilation pathway is well characterized in Arabidopsis and genetic resources are available to our research team for all steps of sulfur translocation, reduction and incorporation. The results will be used as a blueprint to understand the basic principles of TOR regulation in response to other nutrients like carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous. This will be highly relevant to engineer nutrient use efficiency in crop plants, since control of translation and stem cell activity in response to nutrient limitations is the key trigger for developmental plasticity-based stress responses.

Relevant literature: Pfeiffer et al. (2016) eLife; Dong et al. (2017) Nat. Comm.

Collaboration Partners: The project offers stimulating interactions and training opportunities within the framework of the Heidelberg Biosciences International Graduate School and all groups at COS. Strong connections to research groups in France (University of Strassbourg) and China (University of Technology and Sciences, Hefei) support the project.

Profile of candidate’s qualifications: We look for highly motivated young scientists with interest in molecular genetics and processes of cellular regulation. Practical experience in molecular biology, biochemistry or cell biology will be of benefit. The applicants should hold a M.Sc. or PhD in Biology, Biochemistry or other relevant subjects. Successful acceptance at the Heidelberg Biosciences International Graduate School is expected for the PhD student.

The University of Heidelberg is an equal opportunity employer.

Please contact Prof. Dr. Ruediger Hell ( or Dr. Markus Wirtz ( for further information and application.

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

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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