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PhD student position: Metabolism of vascular anomalies

The Angiogenesis & Metabolism Laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research invites applications for an Early Stage Researcher/Ph.D. position. The successful candidate will focus on the metabolism of vascular anomalies with the aim to understand the role and therapeutic potential of endothelial metabolic adaptions in these vascular diseases. The project is part of the EU-MSCA-ETN project V.A. Cure, which aims to uncover mechanisms that drive the formation and maintenance of vascular anomalies with the final goal to establish novel therapeutic approaches. The project is funded in the frame of the EU MSCA-ITN programme, and successful applicants will be part of an international team of 14 Ph.D. students jointly working on the V.A. Cure project.

Job description

You will work on a research project with the following objectives:

  • Characterize metabolic adaptations in endothelial cells of in blood and lymphatic vascular malformations
  • Identify (transcriptional) mechanisms that govern endothelial metabolic adaptations in vascular anomalies
  • Generate mouse of models of perturbed (metabolic) pathways to test the therapeutic potential
  • Screen for mutations in metabolic regulators in patients with blood and lymphatic anomalies

You will have full access to all the facilities available at the Max Planck Institute, and you will also take part in the international training programme of the network.


We are looking for a motivated student with a strong commitment to basic research, who:

  • is eligible for MSCA-ETN funding, see here for eligibility criteria
  • has an MSc degree in biology, biomedical sciences, or related disciplines
  • is a team player with good communication skills

Appointment terms

The successful candidate will receive an attractive salary in accordance with MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The period of employment is three years. Starting date: June – October 2019.

How to apply

– Make sure you meet the qualifying requirements.

– Submit your application to by e-mail. Please send one pdf file containing:

  • A motivation letter describing your research career goals, skills and experience (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English or with a translation into English)
  • Two letters of recommendation or contact information for at least two referees.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Deadline for submitting applications: 30th of  June 2019

More information

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