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PhD Position at the Hector Fellow Academy

Carry out your own PhD project!

Carry out your own PhD project in Degenerative Diseases of the Retina / Ocular Toxicology & Clinical Electrophysiology / Optoelectronical Retinal Implants supervised by Prof. Eberhart Zrenner (Eberhard Karls University Tübingen)

At the Hector Fellow Academy you get the opportunity to realize a self-developed research project under supervision of Hector Fellow Prof. Eberhart Zrenner. Eberhart Zrenner is one of the Hector Fellows, a community of outstanding professors from different research institutions across Germany working in STEM-subjects, medicine, and psychology. He was honored by the Hector Foundation for his merit in research and teaching; now he passes on his expertise to prospective young scientists at the Academy.

Your profile

You are enthusiastic about developing and investigating an innovative research idea within the discipline
of Prof. Zrenner? You have a master’s degree in a scientific or engineering subject with excellent grades?

Our offer

  • Opportunity to realize a self-developed research idea
  • Mentored by an internationally renowned, top-level scientist
  • Funded position (according to TV-L 13, up to 100%, based on the funding rates of the DFG for PhD students)
  • Extensive research funding
  • Membership in an excellent research network
  • Additional management courses, trainings & networking events

Your application

Apply until April 30th, 2018 via our Application Portal. Further information:

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Position for a Master Thesis

We offer a position for a Master Thesis in the laboratories of Prof. Dr. Marius Ueffing (Institute for Ophthalmic Research) and Dr. Johannes Gloeckner (DZNE) available starting May/June 2018 at the latest on the basis of a research assistants' contract with Tübingen University at a range of up to 85 hours/month (Arbeitsvertrag für eine wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft mit Bachelor-Abschluss).

Project description

Being part of a joint demonstrator study in systems medicine (e:Med program), the project focuses on the identification of protein and PTM signatures associated with mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson's disease. Using innovative mass spectrometry-based label-free technologies, such as SWATH-MS, combined with patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) we aim at developing diagnostic biomarkers for the discrimination of defined disease endophenotypes. The project is part of a larger interdisciplinary multi-centric consortium (MitoPD) formed by clinicians, geneticists, proteome researchers and bioinformaticians recognized in the field. Also see the project web page:

Workplace and Team

The Ueffing and Gloeckner labs at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen and the DZNE offer an interdisciplinary research environment. Furthermore, with the Core Facility for Medical Bioanalytics, we run a state-of-the-art facility for mass spectrometric analysis of proteins and protein complexes. Our focus is to elucidate how gene variants and mutations affect protein networks and thereby cause disease. To this end, we develop and apply novel technologies for the quantitative analysis of proteins, protein complexes and associated regulatory networks. We can offer to work in an international team of highly motivated scientists, a stimulating atmosphere and access to advanced mass spectrometers. Further information can be found on the individual home pages:

If you are interested, please contact us via e-mail (johannes.gloeckner[at] We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Prof. Dr. Marius Ueffing
Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Centre for Ophthalmology
University of Tübingen
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Strasse 7
72076 Tübingen

PD Dr. Christian Johannes Gloeckner
Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e. V. (DZNE)
Otfried-Müller-Straße 23
72076 Tübingen
Tel.: 07071-9254-400

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