GRK 2154 - Materials for Brain

PhD positions

The University of Kiel (CAU), Germany, is offering (subject to the approval of the funds) 

PhD Positions

within the Research Training Group 2154 “Materials for Brain” starting from April 1st 2017. The positions will be awarded for three years. The weekly working time is 29.76 hours. The salary corresponds to the level of TV-L E13 of the German public service salary scale. A promotion for the doctorate degree is highly encouraged.

The DFG-funded Research Training Group 2154 “Materials for Brain” investigates nano- and microscale therapeutically active coatings for their suitability as implants to treat three selected diseases of the brain (epilepsy, aneurysma, glioblastoma). Material-controlled drug release and implant interactions as well as suitability of the implants for diagnostics with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can open up new prospects for novel therapies. The investigation and development of such cutting-edge localized therapies and suitable functional materials requires substantial interdisciplinary collaboration between materials science and medicine, and is characteristic for this research training group.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates for the following PhD projects:

P1a: Thin film implants based on magnesium alloys (E. Quandt)

P1b: Cell interactions with Mg thin film materials (R. Willumeit-Römer)

P2a: Thin film flow-diverter stents based on superelastic shape memory alloys (E. Quandt)

P2b: Thin-film flow-diverter stents in blood vessel models (O. Jansen)

P3:    Microstructured thin-film interpenetrating composites for drug release (R. Adelung)

P4:    Controlling drug release by barrier layers (F. Faupel)

P5:    Sensor-actor system for signal-controlled release of drugs in the brain (R. Adelung, F. Faupel, U. Stephani, P. Wulff)

P6:    Embedding implant materials into structured hydrogels (C. Selhuber-Unkel)

P7:    Influence of neuroimplant materials on healthy cells of the CNS (K. Hattermann)

P8:    Neuroimplants for glioblastoma therapy (J. Held-Feindt)

P9:    Epilepsy therapy by local release of antiepileptic drugs (U. Stephani, P. Wulff)

Project start: April 1, 2017. Further information:

Our Offer

  • The research groups are located at the University of Kiel and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht with state-of-the-art lab facilities incl. cleanroom facility, MRT scanner, microscopy, EEG/electrophysiology, cell culture and corrosion laboratories
  • Comprehensive academic support program including subject-specific courses, soft skill training, research stays abroad, individual career coaching.
  • 3-year employment contract, salaries according to German civil service pay scale TV-L 13, 75%


Your Qualifications

  • Research-based master's degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma) preferably in materials science, biology, molecular life science, neuroscience, medicine, (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics or a related subject
  • Very good English language skills in speaking and writing
  • Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team
  • Motivation to participate in the academic support program


How to Apply

The University of Kiel is an equal opportunity employer, aiming to increase the proportion of women in science. Applications by women are particularly welcome. Given equal qualifications, applicants with severe disabilities will be given priority consideration. Applications by people with a migration background are particularly welcomed. Please refrain from submitting application photos. Applications close on January 8, 2017. Please DO NOT send applications via email to individual PIs. Such emails will not be considered. Only online applications will be accepted. Please carefully read the formal requirements before completing the online application form.


Formal requirements

To be eligible to apply, you should have a research-based master's degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma) preferably in materials science, biology, molecular life science, neuroscience, medicine, (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics, or a related subject. Furthermore, you should have very good English language skills in speaking and writing. Although a test score (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) is not mandatory, it may be a good supportive document for your application.

Please also have in mind that both your active participation in the academic support program and a research stay abroad are required for a successful graduation from this Research Training Group.

The complete application must include:

  • a letter of motivation 
  • your CV
  • your Master's degree certificate AND transcript (if you will graduate by the end of 2016 and have not received your Master’s degree certificate at the time of application, please submit your latest transcript of records)
  • your Bachelor's degree certificate AND transcript
  • your secondary school leaving certificate qualifiying your admission to higher education in your home country and
  • two letters of recommendation from your recent academic supervisors or employers carrying the official university or company letterhead OR contact details of two referees.


Please DO NOT send applications via email to individual PIs or to the GRK office. Such emails cause severe disturbances in the daily work and will not be considered. Only online applications through this online application portal will be accepted.

Documents issued in a language other than English or German must be translated into English AND certified by a public notary/German Consulate with an official seal.

Applications that do not fulfil the formal requirements will not be processed.

NEW DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until Sunday, 15 January 2017, 11:59 pm, Berlin time. Successful applicants will be invited to video interviews and to an on-site recruitment week in Kiel.

Start of the PhD projects: April 1, 2017


Please note that the application deadline is over and that we do not accept applications anymore.