Nanobiophysical in vivo studies of the cytolytic reaction in parasitic amoebae (Kiel, Deutschland)

The PhD project aims at a characterization of the biophysical mechanisms
involved in the killing of target-cells by parasitic amoebae.
Pathogenic parasitic amoebae can kill target-cells extracellularly with a
rapid contact-dependent reaction. This process is medically highly
relevant as it causes significant morbidity and mortality. In this PhD
project, the killing of target-cells will be studied using an
interdisciplinary approach, where nanobiophysical methods such as AFM
and optical tweezers will be applied. Requirements for the position: an
outstanding Master or Diploma degree in Physics, Chemistry, Biophysics
or a related field. Experience and interest in optics are required.
Experience with Matlab and Labview is of advantage. Good communication
skills, high motivation, working knowledge of English and the ability to
work in an interdisciplinary team are essential.

This PhD position will be based in the recently founded Emmy Noether
Group “Biophysical Parasitology” at the University of Kiel (Northern
Germany). The group has strong collaborations with the Institute for
Materials Science. The University of Kiel offers a stimulating research
environment with a particular focus on life sciences and nano/surface
science. The city of Kiel is a medium-sized pleasant town located at the
coast of the Baltic Sea, offering many opportunities for leisure and
cultural activities. For further details about the project and the
position, send an email to

The position should be filled as soon as possible. The duration of the
PhD position is 3 years, funding is based on German TV-L 13/2 level.
Women are especially encouraged to apply. Severely handicapped people
will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualifications.
Please send your application by June 5, 2010, in PDF format including
CV, a letter of intent, a list of publications and contact information
of two references via email to
or by mail to Dr. Christine Selhuber-Unkel, Zoologisches Institut der
Universität Kiel, Zoophysiology, Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, D-24118

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