Technische Universität Dresden - Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Chair of Molecular and Cellular Immunology - focus Immunoregulation (Prof. Dr. Karsten Kretschmer)
The TU Dresden is one of eleven German universities that were identified as an “excellence university”. TUD has about 36.500 students and almost 5319 employees, 507 professors among them, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today.
Having been committed to sciences and the engineering before the reunification of Germany, TU Dresden now is a multi-discipline university, also offering humanities and social sciences as well as medicine.
Research Associate / Postdoc Position
(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to
salary group E 13 – E 14 TV-L)
The position is available starting as soon as possible. We offer an initial contract until 31.12.2018 with the possibility of extension. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). The position aims at obtaining further academic qualification (e.g. habilitation thesis).
The research interests of our group focus on molecular and cellular pathways that govern the generation, lifestyle and function of Foxp3+ regulatory T (Treg) cells, which play an essential role in maintaining immune homeostasis in mice and men. A particularly striking example of Foxp3+ Treg cell function that restrains destructive tissue-specific autoimmunity is the observation that acute Treg cell ablation in the NOD mouse model of human type 1 diabetes unleashes overt autoimmune diabetes within days (Petzold et al., J Diabetes Res 2013). Conversely, Treg cells represent exciting gain-of-function targets in clinical settings of unwanted immune responses, such as autoimmunity, allergies and transplant rejection.
The position we offer is part of a project in which we aim to investigate the molecular and epigenetic mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of Foxp3+ Treg cell sublineages. In this context, a particular focus is placed on exploring the possibility that different Treg cell subphenotypes exert specialized effector functions in the control of unwanted immunity, such as autoimmunity (webpage: http://www.crt-dresden.de/research/crtd-core-groups/kretschmer.html).
We aim at attracting the best talent in the respective research fields and expect the following: an university degree, an outstanding PhD degree (or equivalent) in Biology, Science or related field of science; if applicable postdoctoral lecture qualification, a habilitation thesis; experience in immunology, flow cytometry, gene-targeted and autoimmune mouse models, cell culture and molecular/biochemical methods; ability to work in an international team is essential; inter- and multidisciplinary thinking; high motivation; an integrative and cooperative personality with excellent communication and social skills; fluency in English – written and oral.
How to apply:
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.
Your application should include: 1. Cover letter, indicating current and future research interests and career goals; 2. Description of research experience and accomplishments, including summary of previous research done during your PhD thesis (max. 2 pages); 3. List of publications, if applicable; 3. CV, including copies of degree certificates and transcript of grades (i.e. the official list of coursework including your grades); 4. Two letters of recommendation or contact information for two references, including current supervisor. Please submit your application by 19.09.2017 (stamped arrival date of TU Dresden applies) preferably by email as a single pdf document (using “surname_firstname.pdf”) to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note: We are currently not able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data.) or to: TU Dresden, CRTD, Frau Silvia Palme, Fetscherstr. 105, 01307 Dresden, Germany. Please submit copies of documents only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.
1. Cover letter, indicating current and future research interests and career goals; 2. Description of research experience and accomplishments, including summary of previous research done during your PhD thesis (max. 2 pages); 3. List of publications, if applicable; 3. CV, including copies of degree certificates and transcript of grades (i.e. the official list of coursework including your grades); 4. Two letters of recommendation or contact information for two references, including current supervisor.