PhD student position (m/f/d)

Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie (FBN), Dummerstorf

The Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) is a foundation under public law and member of the Leibniz Association. About 300 employees are performing basic and applied research in the field of the biology of farm animals. The Institute provides an interdisciplinary research environment and excellent experimental and analytical facilities.

The Institute of Genome Biology invites applications for a three year fixed-term

PhD student position (m/f/d)

at the level of 50% of salary grade 13 TV-L starting as soon as possible.

Reference number: 2019-36

The position is part of the research project “Phosphorus as a metabolic regulator during environmental stress in animals” supported by the Leibniz ScienceCampus Phosphorus Research Rostock. The position involves a close collaboration between the Institute of Genome Biology of the Leibniz FBN https://www.fbn-dummerstorf.de/ueber-uns/mitarbeitende/mitarbeiter-in/299/ and the Department of Marine Biology of the University of Rostock https://www.meeresbiologie.uni-rostock.de/ 

Task Description:

This project aims to investigate the physiological and molecular mechanisms of the mitochondrial tolerance to hypoxia-reoxygenation (H/R) stress such as occurs during oxygen fluctuations in coastal marine environments or during ischemia-reperfusion in animals. The successful candidate will combine molecular (proteomic and/or transcriptomic), biochemical and physiological approaches to investigate the role of posttranslational modifications (protein phosphorylation) in regulating the mitochondrial bioenergetics and oxidative stress. The comparative approach used in this study involves analyzing and comparing responses to H/R stress in the tissues of hypoxia-tolerant and hypoxia-sensitive animals including marine bivalves, crustaceans and terrestrial mammals (domestic pigs).


  • Masters’ degree or Diploma in Biology or related fields; or Bachelor’s degree in Biology with at least one year experience in a research laboratory
  • High motivation and willingness to learn new techniques and approaches in metabolic physiology and molecular biology
  • Ability to work in an international team
  • Willingness to work with domestic and marine animals
  • Ability to plan, organize and conduct independent research
  • Fluency in English (oral and written) and strong communication skills
  • Strong motivation to complete qualification work for a Ph.D. degree

Prior experience in animal physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or protein sciences would be a strong asset but is not required.

We are offering:

  • Broad training in  the modern methods of metabolic physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and soft skills
  • Research and career mentoring
  • Opportunities for individually tailored coursework at the Graduate Academy of the University of Rostock
  • Participation in the graduate school of the Leibniz-ScienceCampus Phosphorus Research Rostock
  • Interesting and challenging research in a performance-oriented and family-friendly environment
  • Access to modern research facilities and a strong focus on international collaboration
  • Pro-active support to facilitate integration into the new living environment and research culture
  • Employment conditions according to the provisions of Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder (TV-L), remuneration at the level of 50% of salary grade 13 TV-L

The Leibniz-FBN is committed to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are under-represented and suitably qualified women are encouraged to apply. Candidates with disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and capacity to complete the project. We explicitly encourage applications from international candidates.

Contingent upon the successful completion of the research and qualification program (including the positive assessment the thesis committee, external reviewers and the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences), the candidate is expected to receive a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Rostock.

Application and travel expenses in the context of the application cannot be reimbursed. By submitting your application, you consent to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of the application procedure.

For more detailed information please contact: Prof. Dr. Inna Sokolova (inna.sokolova(at)uni-rostock.de) or PD Dr. Siriluck Wimmers (s. wimmers@fbn-dummerstorf.de).

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application (single pdf‐file preferred) including the reference number, description of the relevant experience and reasons for interest in the position, current curriculum vitae and academic record, addresses of two referees and copies of other relevant documents either via post to:                          

Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology

Verwaltung (St.nr. 2019-36)

Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2

18196 Dummerstorf


or via e-mail to personal(at)fbn-dummerstorf.de.

The application and employment process to hire an eligible candidate are being accepted now and will run until an appropriate candidate is identified.

For further information please visit our website at www.fbn-dummerstorf.de.