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ESR8 Pathways of resolution and real-time visualization of inflammation in OA and RA using intra-vital microscopy (EKU)

We are looking for a PhD-student who will investigate key molecular events in the pathophysiology of Arthritis and finally in failed resolution programs. This project will determine the impact of known and novel lipids on cell-cell interactions and molecular pathways via which the resolution programs are modulated in OA and RA. This approach will be complemented by confocal intravital imaging (IVM). The PhD-student is responsible for planning and performing the experiments and reporting and publishing the results in scientific journals and at international conferences. The project comprises of wide range of cellular immunological methods as well as intra-vital microcopy experiments.


The department

This research will be performed at the Department of Aneasthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Molecular Intensive Care Medicine of Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen (EKUT) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. med. Valbona Mirakaj. In addition, this project is embedded in a comprehensive program of courses and exchange visits between the partner institutions. Part of the training will be carried out with our partners from Leiden and Paris.


Your profile

All suitably qualified candidates irrespective of gender are welcome to apply as long as the following conditions have been fulfilled:

  • Applicants should have a degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Science & Technology or Bioengineering. 
  • Applicants should have good knowledge of English, both written and oral.
  • We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with talent for experimental research and keen to answer important biomedical research questions. PhD-students involved in this project will make short-term exchange visits with the institutes of the other partners.


We offer

  • a 38,5 - hour week; salary is based on the budget provided by the EU funding institution and will depend on your family status. 
  • A doctoral position for 3+ years in a stimulating scientific environment as part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team
  • Access to state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Work in a leading lab with a widespread network of (inter)national collaborations.
  • Great expertise in the field of Inflammation – Resolution 


More information

For more information and details about the project, please go to the ArthritisHeal website ( If you have any questions or would like more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr. med. Valbona Mirakaj, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, telephone +49 (0) 7071 2986344, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please provide a full application in English including a CV, a brief statement of research experiences, and contact details of two referees. You will be asked to give a presentation as part of the selection procedure.

Application procedure