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PhD Position in Molecular Biomechanics

The Molecular Biomechanics group at HITS is currently offering a

PhD position in Mechanobiochemistry

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist to join our dynamic, interdisciplinary research team.

Your role

Your project lies at the interface of biophysics, biochemistry, and materials science and aims at uncovering molecular mechanisms underlying mechanoradicals in collagen and tissue ageing. It builds on our previous discovery of collagen as a radical scavenger and is tightly linked to our activities within the ERC grant RADICOL and the 3DMM2O Cluster of Excellence. The project will greatly benefit from the group’s activities in molecular simulations and machine learning and can also comprise a computational component if desired. The project’s relevance for health and disease will be harnessed through our many collaborations on the vibrant life science campus in Heidelberg.

What qualifies you for this job

  • A master’s degree (already completed or expected shortly) in biology, chemistry, physics, material sciences or a related discipline
  • Experience in biophysical/biochemical techniques, including for instance
    • Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy
    • Protein biology/chemistry
    • Redox biology/chemistry

The environment of this job

You will strengthen the rapidly growing experimental branch of our group and will be primarily based at the Center of Advanced Materials (CAM), Heidelberg University. You will find a first-class research environment and will have access to an outstanding experimental infrastructure.

The HITS benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Subsidized cafeteria meals+Job ticket
  • Allowance for further training and career development
  • Company pension plan and additional health care benefits
  • 30 days of paid vacation
  • Family friendly working environment
  • Learn more about Working at HITS

For any additional information regarding the position please contact Prof. Dr. Frauke Gräter.

The position is available from immediately. To apply, please submit the following documents by February 28:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV including a publications list
  • Relevant certificates/diplomas
  • Contact details for two referees


HITS gGmbH stands for equal opportunities and we strongly believe that our research benefits from inclusive and diverse teams.


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