GRK 2154 - Materials for Brain

Open positions in the Research Training Group

One PhD position available for MRI sequence development (project P10)

There is one open position for a PhD student in the Research Training Group 2154 "Materials for Brain: thin film functional materials for minimally invasive therapy of brain diseases"

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.

Information about the research training group:

The Goals of this position in project P10 are:

  • to establish an animal model to investigate neuroimplants at 7T
  • to development of MRI sequences and implementation for microanatomical brain imaging in an animal model to investigate neuroimplants
  • to develop non-invasive ASL-based brain perfusion sequences
  • to apply the developed MRI methods on different implants.


Our Offer

  • 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
  • Experience in MRI, especially in MRI hardware or sequence development is strongly beneficial as are programming skills, experience in scientific presenting (e.g. at int. conferences), writing and publishing in English.


How to Apply

Applications by people with a migration background are particularly welcomed.

Applications close on May 15th, 2018.

Starting date of project P10 is Oct. 1st., 2018.

Please apply with a full CV and other required documents at and



There are opportunities to carry out a Bachelor, Master or Dr. med. thesis in one of the participating groups. Please contact the GRK office or the Principal Investigators, if you are interested. 

There are also opportunities for student research assistants (HIWIs). Please contact the GRK office or the Principal Investigators, if you are interested.