Application for SFB 1309 - Chemical Biology of Epigenetic Modifications


International call for PhD students and Postdocs

Who we are:
The Sonderforschungsbereich 1309 -(SFB1309) is a long-term university-based Collaborative Research Centre in the field of Chemical Biology, established for up to 12 years between the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, the Technische Universität München, the Universität des Saarlandes and the Helmoltz Zentrum München.

Scientific Scope:
Independent from the DNA genetic code, gene and protein activity is controlled by epigenetic mechanisms through writing, reading and erasing specific chemical marks on proteins, DNA and RNA. These chemical modifications play an essential role in many cellular key processes and attract currently enormous scientific interest, since they establish a second layer of information. This information layer is operational above the sequence code that is created by the chemical postreplicative-, posttranscriptional- and posttranslational modification of biomolecules, regulates the divers interaction network of biomolecules with each other in the complex environment of a cell.
The SFB1309 has the goal to identify, decode and functionally characterize the additional chemical language present on biomolecules, using chemical biology, analytic und synthetic chemistry.

We offer:
Cutting edge research projects and training with leading experts in the field of Chemical Biology; employment contract for up to three years with the benefits of earning a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent).

Your Profile:

For PhD/Doctoral application:
You must be within your first four years of research experience after
completion of your Master's degree or equivalent; you cannot hold a
doctoral degree (except medical doctor) at the time of recruitment.

For PostDoc application:
PhD/Doctoral degree required

Modifications on Nucleic Acids

PhD and Postdoc Project A04 - Molecular mechanism of active demethylation
In Germany, München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
supervised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Carell

PhD and Postdoc Project A07 -
1. PhD
m6A-RNA modification to control phage replication in Vibrio
2. Postdoc
The role of mRNA modification in the stress resistance of Escherichia coli
In Germany, München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität 
supervised by Prof. Dr. Kirsten Jung

Modifications on Proteins

PhD Project B01 -  O-GlcNAc profiling and epigenetic regulation
In Germany, München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität 
supervised by Prof. Dr. Anja Hoffmann-Röder

PhD and Postdoc Project B04 - PARP1-mediated recruitment of nucleic acid regulators and their function in DNA demethylation and the circadian clock
In Germany, München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (BMC)
supervised by Prof. Dr. Andreas Ladurner

Mechanisms and Tools

PhD Project Molecular mechanisms and roles of the mammalian 2-oxoglutarate-dependent oxygenases AlkBH1 and AlkBH7
In Germany, München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
supervised by Dr. Sabine Schneider

Application procedure:

Deadline was July 15, 2021.
Please note that we will only evaluate fully completed application forms that are submitted via the application portal of SFB1309 before the deadline. In order to apply online, you have to register first. You will then be able to enter your applications details.

PhD and postdoc projects

In your application, you have to select one project that you are most interested in. You can also select a second, alternative project. The available projects are listed on this website.

Letters of recommendation

  • For your application, you must provide contact details and an email address for two referees.
  • The online application tool will generate an automatic e-mail request to your referees, but only after you have filled in and submitted your application. They will be asked to follow a link in the e-mail and to fill in the evaluation form online.
  • Please note that recommendation letters have to be submitted by July 31, 2021!
  • Other forms of reference letters (mail, PDF) will not be accepted
  • Monitor the status of your recommendation letters under "Progress" in the "Application" menu

More information about SFB1309:

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