Helmholtz International Epigenetics Research School: Call for applications

Helmholtz International Epigenetics Research School launches with an international call for applications - seeking enthusiastic students from all over the world pursuing a PhD career in the field of Epigenetics. The Reseach School is established under the rooftop of the Helmholtz Research School Environmental Health (HELENA), ajoint initiative for the promotion of graduate students of the Helmholtz Zentrum München, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM). Doctoral degrees will be awarded by its respective partner universities.

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The Helmholtz International Epigenetics Research School is looking to attract exceptional young scientists from all over the world and has just opened its first international call for Applications. The interdisciplinary graduate program offered by the Research School is centered at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany where it provides an ideal research and training environment for students to conduct their PhD research in the field of epigenetics. The Research School stems from a well-established and vibrant epigenetics@hmgu community, which provides a great support structure with excellent networking opportunities, and thus offering a unique environment, in which talented and gifted individuals can thrive and take their career to a new level. “Epigenetic mechanisms regulate all aspects of DNA dependent processes and are implicated in diseases like diabetes and cancer. This makes the field of epigenetics a key field in our modern society. The epigenetics@HMGU community at the HMGU operates at the forefront of this diverse and exciting field.” says Prof. Dr. Robert Schneider, Director of the Institute of Functional Epigenetics.

The teams of the community conduct research at the edge of basic as well as translational epigenetics research and include the following: cellular plasticity, stem cells, diabetes, computational biology, epidemiology, metabolism, immunology, development and systems biology. Students are embedded in a highly progressive and scientifically enriching environment - be it in the lab, at the Helmholtz Zentrum München within the city of Munich at large.

“I am delighted about the launch of this first international epigenetics research school. It is an important strategic move to train the next generation of future leaders in this interdisciplinary cutting edge field towards understanding the interactions between the environment and living organisms. The students will benefit from a vibrant, inspiring and internationally competitive research environment, promoting creativity and the generation and sharing of new ideas.”, says Dr. Astrid Lunkes, Head of the Epigenetics & Stem Cells research Management and Strategy Office.

The school’s coordinator, Wouter Koolhaas, adds that the student’s curriculum is highly customizable: “Our mission as a Research School is to provide the foundation for an optimal work environment on which our students can develop key aspects for success and thrive.”

The deadline for applications is November the 20th – the Research School is seeking young scientists with a master's degree and a deep interest in epigenetics. Candidates should have excellent English language skills and laboratory experience. For more information on the application requirements, the application procedure and the research projects offered, please visit the following link:

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