Research Training Group at Heidelberg University

“Elucidation of molecular mechanisms as foundation for an evidence-based complementary and integrative medicine”


Job opening!!!

The new interdisciplinary Research Training Group (RTG) is being set up at Heidelberg University. The purpose of the RTG is to scientifically investigate the molecular mechanisms mediating the effects of complementary medicine.

For this, the RTG has currently 4 PhD Fellowships available for a period of 3 years (starting: 1st October 2017).

We look forward to receiving your applications (deadline: 15. August 2017).

General information

About the RTG. The purpose of the interdisciplinary RTG is to unravel the molecular mechanisms mediating the effects of complementary medicine. The scientific projects within the RTG will be on plant active ingredients and photobiomodulation in respect to their effects on the immune system, tumor defense, regulation of the natural intestinal barrier and wound healing. The final goal is to obtain solid scientifically consolidated findings to critically evaluate methods of complementary medicine for future treatments of tumors or chronic inflammatory diseasesThe RTG is funded by the Landesgraduiertenförderung (LGF) of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg.

What we offer. The RTG provides talented and ambitious candidates with an excellent and stimulating research environment. The individual research projects are thematically closely related with partial methodological overlap to allow for intensive and inspiring scientific exchange. The PhD candidates will have access to state-of-the-art research technologies in modern cell and molecular biology (gene expression profiling, bioinformatics, flow cytometry, cell imaging, optical tissue clearing, animal models). The doctoral education further includes a well-structured training program and intensive supervision. The RTG is closely collaborating with the Graduate Academy and other international graduate programs at the University of Heidelberg. Furthermore, the RTG will be associated to national joint research projects in the field, for example the newly founded Academic Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (AZKIM).    

What we expect. The successful candidate must hold a university degree (master or equivalent above average) that gives access to undertake doctoral studies. Further prerequisites are profound bio­medical knowledge and in-depth education in cell and molecular biology and/or immunology. Moreover, very good English skills (spoken and written) are taken for granted. In addition, to conduct a superior doctorate successfully, it is essential to bring in a high degree of motivation as well as passion for science and for developing independent scientific ideas.

Research Projects

P1 Effect of redox active substances from plants on the immune system

Project leader: Prof. Dr. med. Yvonne Samstag
Molecular Immunology, Institute of Immunology, Medical Faculty Heidelberg, University of Heidelberg
phone: +49 (0)6221 56-4039, e-mail, homepage

P2 Control of the innate immune response by natural food components

Project leader: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Adelheid Cerwenka
Division Innate Immunity, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg
phone: +49 (06)221 424-480, e-mail, homepage

P3 Investigation of the molecular mode of action of ginger and boldin in inflammatory response and intestinal barrier function

Project leader: PD Dr. rer. nat. Beate Niesler
Genetics of Neurogastroenterologic Disorders, Department of Human Molecular Genetics, Institute of Human Genetics, Medical Faculty Heidelberg, University of Heidelberg
phone: +49 (0)6221 56-35274, e-mail, homepage

P4 Molecular mechanisms of photobiomodulation of skin cells

Project leader: Prof. Dr. med. Norbert Gretz
Medical Research Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg
phone: +49 (0)621 383-5602, e-mail, homepage


Please, send your application (cover letter, CV, certificates, reference letters) latest by 15th August 2017 either addressed to Prof. Dr. Yvonne Samstag, Institute of Immunology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 305, 69120 Heidelberg or sent by e-mail to Phone: +49-6221-56 4039.

Heidelberg University intends to increase the percentage of women in all fields where women are underrepresented. We are therefore asking qualified female candidates for their application. Handicapped candidates with comparable qualifications will be given preference.