PhD Positions in Biological Signaling Research

University of Freiburg Institute of Biology

The Institute of Biology II / Biological Signalling Research is looking for 2 PhD students
  • Application deadline: 31.03.2021
  • Publication date: 16.02.2021
  • Start-date: 01.06.2021
  • Part-time position (65 %)
  • Id no.: 00001460


We have 2 PhD positions available to work on the ERC-funded project “Intelligent Cancer Therapy with Synthetic Biology Methods (InCanTeSiMo)”. The five-year project will start in June 2021.

The goal of the project is to develop a novel, less invasive and more effective cancer therapy combining synthetic circuits, optogenetics and nanoparticles as delivery vehicles. Details about the project will be given to the applicants during the interview. The project is divided into several independent – yet interconnected – subprojects, which will involve a multitude of techniques, including cloning, high-throughput screens, protein engineering, fluorescence microscopy, directed evolution, mammalian cell culture and experiments in mice. The students and postdocs working on this project shall form a harmonious team, where collaboration and exchange at the intellectual and practical levels will be key for the realization of the final goal. The project is highly interdisciplinary requiring knowledge in diverse fields such as microbiology, immunology, engineering and synthetic biology.

We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and team-oriented candidates who are holding a Master’s degree or equivalent in molecular biology/bioengineering/biotechnolog/synthetic biology and who are eager to learn new methods, passionate about science, convinced of the power of synthetic biology and proficient in spoken and written English (knowledge of German is explicitly not required for these positions). We will give priority to those with experience with cloning and cell culture. Candidates should be prepared to attend the FELASA course to learn how to plan and perform ethical animal experiments.

The positions are limited until 31.05.2023.

The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.


Please send your application in English including supporting documents citing the reference number 00001460, by 31.03.2021 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

University of Freiburg
Institute of Biology II
AG Di Ventura
Schänzlestr. 1
79104 Freiburg

For further information, please contact Simone Ugi on the phone number +49 761 203-2739 or E-Mail