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PhD position in Molecular Mechanisms of Vascular Morphogenesis

100%, starting date by agreement

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the leading institutes worldwide for molecular and biomedical basic research and teaching. It is home to more than 30 research groups with scientists from over 40 countries. Research at the Biozentrum focuses on the areas of Cell Growth & Development, Infection Biology, Neurobiology, Structural Biology & Biophysics and Computational & Systems Biology. With its more than 500 employees, the Biozentrum is the largest department at the University of Basel’s Faculty of Science.

A PhD position is open in the Focal Area of Growth and Development in the research group of Prof. Markus Affolter. We offer an exciting international research environment at the Biozentrum in Basel to study the morphogenetic mechanisms of blood vessel formation in vivo. By using novel genetic approaches combined with high-resolution confocal live-imaging, we are investigating the mechanisms of junctional remodeling during sprouting angiogenesis in the zebrafish embryo. The PhD project will involve the generation of tissue specific and inducible knock-out models in zebrafish and state-of-the-art in vivo imaging approaches to dissect protein dynamics during endothelial cell movements and cell-cell interactions. 

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We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a Master degree and with a solid background in genetics, molecular biology and cell biology. Experience with zebrafish is desired but not mandatory. Teamwork within the international group requires spoken and written English language skills. 

For further information, please consult the webpage of Prof. Markus Affolter: ( and the following publications: 

We offer
We offer a research position in an international, interdisciplinary research environment. Salary and social benefits are provided according to the University of Basel regulations.

Application / Contact
Please send a CV, a brief description of previous research experience and the names of three references to Dr. Heinz-Georg Belting (heinz-georg.belting (at) unibasto make life hard for spam