Phd student in “Radiation Biology” (all genders)

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt operates one of the leading particle accelerators for science. In the next few years, the new FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) one of the world's largest research projects, will be built in international cooperation. GSI and FAIR offer the opportunity to work together in this international environment with a team of employees committed to ensure each day to conduct world-class science.


The department ‘Biophysics (BIO)’ is looking for an


Phd student in “Radiation Biology” (all genders)


Posting ID: 22.103-1570


in part-time (65 %) as soon as possible.



The candidate will join the “Space Radiobiology” research group in the Biophysics department and work on the  “Tumor Suppression and Subdual of Cancer” (TUSCC) project, in which we study the underlying biological mechanisms of Peto’s paradox in elephants. The focus of the project is on tumor suppressor gene TP53, its central role in DNA damage response pathways and how the recently discovered TP53 pseudogenes in elephants can impact radiation sensitivity. In addition, the candidate will be involved in radiobiology experiments at high-energy accelerator institutes and collaborate internationally with different radiobiology groups.



Your tasks:

  • Develop and implement novel biological models, including proof-of-principle mouse models
  • Conduct molecular and cell biology irradiation experiments
  • Perform cell metabolism, cytogenetic and telomere assessments
  • Bioinformatic and statistical analysis of omics datasets
  • Involvement in scientific publications and project reports.



Your profile:

  • Master degree in Biology, Medical Biosciences, Cell/Molecular Biology, Genetics or related disciplines
  • A solid, hands-on experience in cell culturing and common methods in molecular and cell biology techniques
  • Experience with performing assays like PCR, IHC, immunofluorescent microscopy and previous experience with animal models (FELASA certificate) is a plus
  • Interest and knowledge of bioinformatics and omics technologies
  • Experience in statistical methods for data analysis 
  • Fluent written and spoken English skills
  • Ability to work in a team.



We offer an interesting position in an innovative, interdisciplinary and excellently equipped research group that is world leading in biophysics and radiation biology research with charged particle beams. The position is offered for 3 years.


The salary is based on the collective agreement for public employees (TVöD).


GSI supports the vocational development of women. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply for the position.


Handicapped persons will be preferentially considered, when equally qualified.


Questions regarding this offer should be sent to Dr. Charlot Vandevoorde: c.vandevoorde(at)


You might consider as well our websites and


If you are interested in working in an exceptional international, highly technical environment, please send your complete application documents, including your salary expectations, with details of your earliest possible starting date, quoting the posting ID 22.103-1570, by 11/12/2022 at the latest:


Preferred via the online portal on our job site,


or via email to bewerbung(at)


GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH










Sie finden die Datenschutzhinweise zu Bewerbungsverfahren hier:

Jetzt bewerben!