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The European Medical School is a cooperation of Oldenburg University with its cooperating hospitals and the University of Groningen with its University Hospital UMCG. Beyond their cooperation in the development of a medical school the institutions also develop shared research activities. In the Department of Human Medicine at the Department for Cardiology up to two positions are offered as

2 PhD students (m/f/d)

Salary level E13 TV-L, 65 %

for three years.

Using a translational approach, the group addresses scientific questions pertaining to inflammatory responses to stressors with a particular focus on the cardiovascular system. In vitro and in vivo preclinical models are used as much as samples from registries and clinical studies to gain insight into pathophysiology and mechanisms of diseases related to the cardiovascular system.
Our group is devoted to publishing our results in the finest journals that can be reached and to largely finance the work through grant money. The formal language of the group is English. The task of the colleagues will be to take on and carry out projects together with the Postdocs of the group related to cardiovascular medicine.

A prerequisite for the positions is the successful completion of an academic university degree (Master or equivalent) in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a neighboring discipline with a focus on immunology, cardiovascular disease or inflammation. In addition, broad experience in patient-oriented basic science is considered very relevant, which is reflected by relevant publications and prior projects.

One of the projects is dealing with vascular complications in response to perioperative inflammatory stress and focusing on the dynamic change of the vulnerability of atheromata (project “atherosclerosis”).

The other project is focusing on the role of proteintyrosine phosphatase receptors in heart failure and their role in cardiac remodeling (project “heart failure”).

We expect:

  • Experience in cellular and molecular biology
  • Willingness to perform preclinical studies using in vivo models in small rodents
  • Fluent oral and written communication skill in English
  • Basic knowledge in Dutch and German or the willingness to acquire these skills
  • Interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work both independently and in a group
  • Self-motivation, creativity, genuine curiosity, work discipline, professional ethics, and ambition

What you can expect:

  • Close and intense supervision and support
  • Membership in a dynamic interdisciplinary team
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Professionally stimulating ambient
  • Direct working contacts with our cooperation partners in The Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and the USA
  • Completion of a high-quality PhD


The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of female employees in the field of science. Therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. According to § 21, 3 NHG female applicants are to be preferably considered in case of equal qualification.
Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

Please send your application (indicating “heart failure” or “atherosclerosis”) including an academic CV, full publication list, an application letter stating your scientific work and interests as well as a personal assessment of how you fit the description of the person we seek, and the name and contact details of three references as one consolidated file (pdf) to until 20.03.2021 or by mail to Prof. Dr. Theilmeier, Peri-2xi, Dept. Human Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Oldenburg, W02C, Carl von Ossietzky Str. 9-11, 26129 Oldenburg. Your application by e-mail is preferred. Please contact us via e-mail in case you have any questions or need further information.


(Stand: 25.02.2021)