Date Posted
19 Jul 2024

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PhD Project
University of Lübeck

The DFG Research Training Group 1727 (GRK 1727) “Modulation of Autoimmunity” recruits one medical doctor for its PhD program

19 Jul 2024

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Position Description

The DFG Research Training Group “Modulation of Autoimmunity” (GRK1727/2, Spokesperson: Prof. Detlef Zillikens) seeks to employ one medical doctor to obtain an additional PhD degree.

While the incidence of autoimmune diseases is increasing, general immunosuppression is still the mainstay of therapy. This is associated with a significant morbidity and mortality. Therefore, the major goal of GRK1727 is the identification and evaluation of novel therapeutic targets and strategies for autoimmune diseases. We offer excellent research facilities and broad opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. The principle investigators involved are from the Institutes of Immunology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Systemic Inflammation Research and Medical Microbiology as well as from the Clinical Departments of Rheumatology and Dermatology at the University of Lübeck and the Research Center Borstel.

Detailed information on the individual project will be available from Prof. Ralf Ludwig ( In addition to their project-related work, students of the GRK1727 will benefit from a structured qualification and mentoring program. Salaries are according to E13 positions (TV-L) for a maximum of 2-3 years. Successful completion of the program also includes obtaining ECTS credit points at the master program Molecular Life Sciences of the University of Lübeck, which will enable MDs to either obtain the PhD or the Dr. rer. nat title.

We are seeking to recruit candidates with a strong interest in translational immunological research. Preference will be given to candidates experienced in experimental disease models. The University of Lübeck is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged. In case of compatible qualifications, preference will be given to candidates with disabilities.

How to Apply

Applications including CV, certificates, and (if possible) letters of recommendation from 2 previous mentors should be sent in PDF format to Prof. Ralf Ludwig ( The position is open until filled.