PhD Student (all genders) in Translational Oncology at the Department of Medicine II.


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PhD Student (all genders) in Translational Oncology at the Department of Medicine II.


Main tasks

A PhD position is available in our research laboratory with a focus on translational oncology. The position is initially limited to three years with 65% of the regular weekly working hours.

You will work in an interdisciplinary team under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Meike Saul. The research group focuses on translational research projects in cancer research, in particular on the role of microRNAs as biomarkers for personalized therapy approaches in different tumor entities. In addition, mechanisms of cellular communication in the tumor microenvironment via extracellular vesicles (EVs, also called exosomes) are investigated and new therapeutic approaches are derived. The group uses state-of-the-art microscopic, cell biological, microbiological and immunological methods. A particular focus of the group is on RNA-based methods and the characterization of EVs at the single vesicle level.


Your activities will include:

  • Applying or establishing molecular biology, cell biology and immunology techniques, including
  • Working with a variety of cell lines in cell culture and with 3D models
  • Data generation and analysis (e.g. WB, IHC, PCR, FACS, ELISA)
  • Applying and establishing functional analysis using extracellular vesicles and microRNAs
  • Histological analysis of tissue samples
  • Evaluate and summarize results and present at departmental, national and international meetings
  • Preparation of manuscripts

Your Profile

  • University degree in biology, chemistry, pharmacy or comparable life sciences
  • Good knowledge of molecular biology and (immuno)oncology, especially experience with the methods described above (at least partially) desirable
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of standard computer applications, especially MS Office
  • High motivation, teamwork and communication skills, commitment, manual and organizational skills, economic sense and reliability

Immunity status

Please note that employment is only possible if there is complete proof of immunization or immunity against the measles virus in accordance with the applicable (legal and medical) requirements. You must provide proof of this by means of appropriate documents (e.g. vaccination certificate) before commencing employment.

Our Offer

  • Regular pay according to TVöD/VKA; attractive company pension plan and various employee discounts
  • 30 days of vacation; possibility of special leave
  • Central location: Our clinic is centrally located at the beautiful Eppendorfer Park
  • Sustainable travel: subsidies for the HVV-ProfiTicket and Dr. Bike bicycle service; option to lease a service bike
  • Crisis-proof workplace, meaningful activity, appreciative interaction and open exchange of knowledge within the team; structured induction training
  • Opportunity to actively shape and develop the working environment within the framework of our employee program (UKE INside).
  • Family-friendly working environment: cooperation on childcare, free vacation care, advice for employees with relatives in need of care
  • Excellent health, prevention and sports offers
  • Healthy and varied lunch break: In addition to our canteen, there is a rich selection of culinary offerings just a few steps away, for example the "Health Kitchen" cafés and bistros, as well as other snack bars, bakers, a supermarket, etc.


Contact to the department
Prof. Dr. Meike Saul
Professor of Translational Oncology

Recruiting contact
Recruiting Team
+49 (0) 40 7410-52599

About us

We live diversity and value variety

We offer a work environment providing equal opportunities regardless of age, gender, sexual identity, disability, origin or religion. This is confirmed by our accession to the Charter of Diversity. We explicitly aim to increase the proportion of women in management positions, especially among scientific personnel in research and teaching. Women with equal qualifications will be given priority. The same applies in the case of under-representation of one gender in the advertised area. Persons with severe disability with equal aptitude, competence and professional performance will be given priority. 

> Learn more about "Diversity at UKE" here. 

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Deadline: 2023-12-14
Location: Germany, Hamburg
Categories: Biology, Chemistry, Immuno-Oncology, Immunology, LifeScience, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, pharmacy, PhD,


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