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European Training Network “PERoxisome Interactions and COmmunication” (PERICO) offers PhD positions

PERICO will train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) at world-leading academic institutions, including university hospitals and companies. The training schemes include specific research projects, a wide range of dedicated courses, and workshops organized by the academic and industrial partners of the Network, complemented with training in managerial soft skills.

The European Training Network “PERoxisome Interactions and COmmunication” (PERICO) fosters education of ESRs in a project to uncover how a central metabolic organelle, the peroxisome, participates in controlling cellular metabolism. Metabolism and metabolic control are emerging as important frontiers in physiology. This is because, in our rapidly changing world, we face the effects of both metabolic extremes – from obesity on the one hand to malnutrition on the other. Learning how to control energy metabolism is therefore one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

Peroxisomes are key metabolic organelles, which must communicate and interact extensively with their environment to exchange metabolites and coordinate cellular responses. Membrane contact sites, where membranes of two organelles are physically tethered to enable rapid transfer of small molecules, enable organelle communication and are crucial for coordination of cellular functions and hence human health. Research on contact sites and transport proteins is a challenging, upcoming field in current cell biology.

PERICO will exploit recent developments in high-throughput and genome-wide screening technologies, combine these with modern molecular cell biology and systems biology and ultimately translate the data into new leads for drug discovery and therapy.

PERICO will train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) at world-leading academic institutions, including university hospitals and companies. The training schemes include specific research projects, a wide range of dedicated courses, and workshops organized by the academic and industrial partners of the Network, complemented with training in managerial soft skills.

The positions are available for candidates with a research experience ≤ 4 years. Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment.

Length of appointment: 3 years

Starting date: September 1, 2019

Application deadline: July 28, 2019

One PhD position is available in the Functional Proteomics group in Freiburg:

PhD Position - Study of peroxisome-centered membrane contact sites and transporters by high-resolution proteomics

Further information on the positions, requirements and the application form can be found at: www.itn-perico.eu/home/vacancie/

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