open positions

We are always interested in welcoming novel Bachelor and Master students, MD's, PhD students and post-docs for short- and long-term projects covering topics in ubiquitination, autophagy and cell death with local, national and international funding opportunities!!!


The van Wijk laboratory at the Institute of Experimental Cancer Research in Pediatrics of the Medical Faculty of the Goethe University Frankfurt is looking for a:

Postdoc (m/f/d)

with excellent skills and knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry and/or cell biology and preferably experience in the field of ubiquitin research and mouse models to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cell fate regulation by ubiquitination in ABC-DLBCL

In our laboratory, we investigate how ubiquitination and autophagy regulate cell survival and programmed cell death in pediatric and adult types of cancer, inflammation and infections. We combine protein biochemistry, biophysics with state-of-the-art (single-molecule) imaging, mass spectrometry and genomic screening. In this DFG-funded project, the molecular and cellular regulation of cell fate by chain-specific forms of ubiquitination will be studied in ABC-DLBCL. For this, we will use protein and ubiquitin biochemistry, imaging and cutting-edge mass spectrometry in human cells and mouse models. Our group is located at the Institute of Experimental Cancer research in Pediatrics at the University Hospital of the Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany, which offers an excellent infrastructure and a highly international, vibrant and collaborative research community.

Your profile:
• A Master’s degree (or comparable) and a PhD in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics and/or Molecular Biology, or related disciplines
• Excellent knowledge of written and spoken German and English (daily communication, presentation and writing skills)
• First-hand experience in writing peer-reviewed papers and proven track record of successful publications in internationally renowned scientific journals
• Organizational and team skills, flexibility, open-mindedness, responsible work ethics and a passion for research and scientific research
• Working independently and as part of a young, dynamic and international team
• High intrinsic motivation and enthusiasm to work in a competitive, dynamic, stimulating, and interacting international scientific environment focusing on basic biological research

We offer:
• DFG-funded contract for 3 years (100% TV-L E13) with the possibility for extension
• A professional career development program for postdocs (GRADE)
• The opportunity and support to raise additional external funding
• Implementation of your own ideas and projects and working in an innovative, very well-equipped and scientifically stimulating environment with an innovative interdisciplinary team of highly motivated PhD students
• Co-supervision of Master, MD and PhD students
• Flexible working hours in order to achieve a positive work-life balance
• A job ticket for public transport in Frankfurt and the surrounding area

We welcome applications from all backgrounds. Please submit your application (motivation letter including a description of research interests and potential project ideas, CV, certificates, lists of publications and external funding as well as contact details of two referees) as a single PDF file to or

For further information please contact: Dr. Sjoerd van Wijk, Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Pediatrics, Goethe University Frankfurt, Komturstrasse 3a, 60528 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Phone: +0049 (0) 69 67866581, email to or, Web: and

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