Date Posted
5 Jan 2017

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PhD Project
University of Bonn

Nucleic acid-based sensors

5 Jan 2017

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Position Description

We have opening for two PhD positions dedicated to developing aptamer-based sensors to monitor metabolism in bacteria, yeast and tumour cells.

These PhD positions are part of a European research-training network, in which young researcher will do their PhD, and thereby will be excellently prepared for the future academic or industrial job market.

PhD students in the network will do exciting science at the interface between RNA biology and metabolism. We will develop RNA-based molecular sensors, with which we can probe cellular metabolism at the single cell level. Such capability will allow us to address important problems in diseases and biotechnology, where increasing evidence suggests that metabolic cell-to-cell heterogeneity is a key problem.

How to Apply

This project is part of the ITN project MetaRNA ( As a PhD student in an ITN (innovative training network) network, you will have – as any other “normal” PhD student – a host lab, where you will be doing your research. ITNs are financially supported by the European Commission because they provide excellent research, training and career aspects (which is something that is sometimes not guaranteed when doing a “normal” PhD). Thus, there a number of benefits being a PhD student in an ITN (see 25 candidates (for the 15 positions) will be invited to recruitments days in Amsterdam (11./12.03.15), where all groupleaders will be present. A decision will be made mid of March. Starting dates will be in summer 2015.

Position Category: Medical & Biological Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project. Salary: €30'000 - €40'000.

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