Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) or 2 PhD Candidates (m/f/d) in Immuno-Oncology – Universitätsklinikum Essen – Essen

  • Temporary
  • Essen

Universitätsklinikum Essen

The University Hospital Essen offers first class medical services in the Ruhr metropolis. Every year,

225.000 patients are treated in 30 clinics, 27 institutes and specialized centers. The over 8.000

employees offer medical care with state-of-the art diagnostics and therapies, which meet highest

international standards. Patient care is connected with basic and translational research at an

internationally competitive level. State-of-the-art core facilities, including imaging, cell sorting and

sequencing are available on site. The oncological research of our faculty was rated #2 nationally

and #18 worldwide in the most recent „U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking”.

The Research Division (Head: Professor Sven Brandau) of Department of Otorhinolaryngology

is currently seeking a

Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) in Immuno-Oncology
(Pay grade: E13 TV-L / 100% – temporary employment)


2 PhD Candidates (m/f/d) in Immuno-Oncology
(Pay grade: 13 TV-L / 50 % – temporary employment)

The employment is provided for the duration of a third-party funded project (TRR332 –

Collaborative Research Center, funded by DFG) until 30.06.2026. The pay grade classification

depends on the personal and collective legal requirements.

With this position, you will have the opportunity to work in a translational research project of a

newly established Collaborative Research Center. This project will identify clinically relevant factors

that help to explain the tumor promoting function of tumor-associated neutrophils in cancer. Pure

basic research does not satisfy you. You are looking for a clinical environment and a translational

research group. You are willing to work independently and apply your knowledge to an innovative

area of re-search.

Your Project 

In your project, you will be the responsible researcher of our research project in the

Collaborative Research Center TRR332. You will collaborate with other researchers of the

TRR332. 

You will work with advanced tissue analysis technologies, human 3-D in vitro systems,

digital pathology and murine cancer models 

You will be responsible for the design, performance and analysis of the research project. 

Your experience with immune cells and immuno-oncology will contribute to a successful

out-come of the project 

You will have the opportunity to present your findings at national and international confer-


Your profile / qualifications

Completed PhD Thesis and/or a completed academic degree in natural sciences or life

sciences (Master or Diploma)

Job Vacancy 

Experience in immuno-biology, immuno-oncology and molecular biology, neutrophils,

tumor microenvironment 

Practical knowledge of cell culture, myeloid cells, flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy,

animal handling 

Accuracy and sense of responsibility, reliability in data documentation 

Cooperation skills to work in a great collaborative team 

Solid English skills

Our group

In our group, you can expect a good working atmosphere and a lively research environment at the

interface of basic science and clinical medicine. We offer a wide spectrum of methods ranging from

molecular biology, immunology and experimental animal models to patient material and high-end


The research themes of our group are: immunological tumor-host interaction with a focus on

myeloid cells, tumor immunotherapy and the immunobiology of mesenchymal stromal cells


More information can be found here:

And here:

Selected publications

Sody, S., et al. (2019) Front. Immunol. 10, 1419

Si Y, et al. (2019) Science Immunology 18;4(40):aaw9159

Lang S, et al. (2018) Clinical Cancer Research 24(19):4834-4844

The University Hospital Essen is an equal opportunity employer. Female scientists are particularly

encouraged to apply. The participation in secondary employment depends on the

„Hochschulnebentätigkeitsverordnung“ of North-Rhine Westphalia. Disabled applicants will be

preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification. The position is also available as part-

time employment.

Please send applications (CV, two letters of recommendation or the contact details of two referees,

proof/certificate of PhD, Master Degree or Diploma, presentations/publications, summary of train-

ing/experience, spectrum of methods and an English abstract/summary of your PhD thesis) with

reference to the tender number 1280 within 2 weeks preferably by email in ONE single pdf file to or to Universitätsklinikum Essen, Personaldezernat, Hufelandstraße 55,
45147 Essen, Germany.

For questions, please contact:

Dr. Tanja Hardt-Knechtli: email:

For project-related questions:

Prof. Dr. Sven Brandau email:

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