Thursday, 01 September 2016 15:30

PhD position Featured

  • Title: PhD position
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Field of research: Toxicology/Cosmetics
  • Company name: Trier University, Department of Environmental Toxicology
  • Address: Am Universitätsring 15
  • Zipcode: 54296
  • City: Trier
  • Country: Germany
  • Company Website:
  • Contact person: Dr. Jennifer Hennen or Prof. Dr. Brunhilde Blömeke
  • Contact email: jennifer.hennen[at]; bloemeke[at]
  • Description:

    PhD Position at the Department of Environmental Toxicology
    (Payment according the Public Sector Collective Agreement for the states (TV-L) E 13/65%)

    Our team concentrates on the identification and characterization of allergic sensitization to chemicals and biological allergens. The focus lies on the analysis of the innate and adaptive response in humans. Furthermore we develop in vitro models to study their mode of action and for prediction of sensitization potentials without animal experiments.

    In this project we will investigate the role of cross-talk between skin keratinocytes and antigen-presenting cells on the activation of the latter. This project concentrates on lipophilic molecules. This project is embedded in series of other projects with partners in industry and academic institutions (in France, USA, Netherlands, and Luxembourg).

    We are looking for a highly motivated PhD Student who is interested to work in this research area.


  • Qualifications:

    Education, professional experience

    * Master (M.Sc.) degree, diploma or equivalent in natural sciences, e.g. Biologist, Biochemist or Biotechnologist
    * Skills in molecular biology and cell biology are required
    * Previous exposure to and experience with basic biochemical and molecular biology techniques are essential
    * First hands-on experience with cell-based in vitro assays and prevalidation
    * Experience with flow cytometry (FACS) and cell culture is a plus
    * Knowledge of basic chemical and statistical analysis

    Required skills

    * Besides strong motivation we expect the ability for teamwork, good communication skills and flexibility
    * Well structured and results-oriented working style
    * Problem solving and analytical skills
    * Ability to work methodically and diligently in a multidisciplinary team
    * Candidates should have an excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
    * Willingness for occasional travelling

    We offer

    * Varied and challenging work environment
    * Teamwork in interdisciplinary team
    * Payment according to the Public Sector Collective Agreement on Federal States (TV-L; E 13/65%)
    * The position is available at the earliest possible date


  • How to apply:

    University Trier is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification. The application should include a letter of motivation, a CV with two references, transcripts of academic records and a short summary of your Master’s thesis.

    Please send your application (preferably in one single pdf-document) by email. Contact: Dr. Jennifer Hennen (jennifer.hennen[at] or Prof. Dr. Brunhilde Blömeke (bloemeke[at]

    Further information: