Two Ph.D. positions in TU Dresden on pancreas development and stem cells

We seek two talented, highly motivated young scientists to pursue Ph.D. studies on:

(1) the metabolic programming and epigenetics of pancreas progenitors
(2) the function and differentiation pathways of adult pancreas stem cells

The group investigates the role of signaling pathways and metabolism in the late stages of endocrine pancreas development, the application of novel signals for the conversion of human pluripotent stem cells into functional beta cells and the function of adult pancreas stem cells. To this end combination of directed pluripotent stem cell differentiation, genomics, in vivo genetic analyses and ex vivo experiments using explants and organoids is being applied (http://plid.de/en/head-178.html).

The successful candidate will have a M.Sc. degree in Biology, Developmental Biology or a related discipline with a very good molecular biology background. Experience with mouse work is strongly desirable and demonstrated proficiency (TOEFL scores or equivalent) in English is essential.

The Ph.D. candidates will be enrolled in TU Dresden and a Thesis Advisory Committee will follow their progress. The salary will be according to the TV-L scale standard for Ph.D. studentships (E13, 65%) and will include health insurance. The contract will be initially for three years that may be extended until the completion of the Ph.D. Applicants are requested to send their CVs including transcript copies of the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees along with names and emails of at least two referees to Dr Anthony Gavalas (Anthony.Gavalas@tu-dresden.de), before January 31st, 2017.