Open Post-doctoral Research Scientist and PhD student position

We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral scientist and a PhD student position funded for 3 years to join the Classen lab at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

The Classen lab investigate tissue-level responses of epithelia to damage or to the presence of aberrant cells. Using the Drosophila model system, our group recently demonstrated that JAK/STAT signaling suppresses JNK activity to balance cell survival and injury-induced apoptosis during regenerative responses to tissue wounding.

We are now seeking to appoint an outstanding post-doc and a PhD student to expand this work into new directions. The funded projects will specifically characterize the controls on cell cycle progression in models of acute and chronic tissue damage and will aim to transfer our findings to mammalian cell culture models. These projects will answer fundamental questions about the role of DNA replication, gap phase alterations and cell cycle arrest in tissue regeneration, deregulation of epithelial healing and the initiation of cancer.

We are seeking to recruit candidates with a strong background in cell and developmental biology and experience in using Drosophila or mammalian cell culture as model systems. Candidates with prior expertise in the field of cell cycle regulation, imaging or quantitative image analysis are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be highly motivated and be interested in being part of an international team. Applicants for the postdoc position should have a substantial track record of productivity and international experience. Upon acceptance into the lab, the PhD student candidate will be encouraged to apply to become a member of the SGBM graduate school program (

To apply, please send a CV, a brief statement outlining key areas of expertise and reasons why you would like to join the group as well as the contact details of at least two referees to:

Please note that unpersonalized applications or those that do not clearly indicate a specific interest in our research will not be considered.

If you are interested in carrying out your Bachelor or Master thesis work in our lab, please send a short letter of motivation and your CV to