Open PhD Position in Mass lab

November 17, 2017


The Mass laboratory at LIMES Institute, University of Bonn, is seeking a PhD student (m/f)

The research group of Dr. Elvira Mass is looking to recruit a highly motivated PhD student to join her group Developmental Biology of the Innate Immune System. Our research focuses on tissue-resident macrophages and their homeostatic functions. Specifically, we are interested how macrophages impact organ development and function during embryogenesis and postnatal stages on the cellular and molecular level. Based on new developmental and mechanistic knowledge, we seek to improve our understanding of disease pathophysiology and treatment.

We are part of the Life & Medical Science (LIMES) Institute, which is supported by DFG and Cluster of Excellence funding and which offers a great scientific environment for young researchers.


  • Previous experience in cell biology/immunology/hematopoiesis/animal models

  • The willingness to work with mice is a prerequisite

  • basic immunological and histological techniques such as flow cytometry and

    immunofluorescent stainings are beneficial

  • Programming skills (R/Python) for transcriptome analysis are advantageous

    Your application should include:

  • CV

  • brief summary of your previous work experience (max. 1/2 page)

  • contact information of referees and dates when you wish to start the position

  • optional: 1 page research proposal for your PhD project, which builds on the

    study Mass et al. Science 2016
    Enquiries and applications to: Dr. Elvira Mass emass(at)

    Mass E., Jacome-Galarza C.E., Blank T., Lazarov T., Durham B.H., Ozkaya N., Pastore A., Schwabenland M., Chung Y.R., Rosenblum M.K., Prinz M., Abdel-Wahab O., Geissmann F. (2017) A somatic mutation in erythro-myeloid progenitors causes neurodegenerative disease. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature23672

    Mass E., Ballesteros I., Farlik M., Halbritter F., Günther P., Crozet L., Jacome-Galarza C.E., Handler K., Klughammer J., Kobayashi Y., Gomez-Perdiguero E., Schultze J.L., Beyer M., Bock C., Geissmann F. (2016) Specification of tissue-resident macrophages during organogenesis. Science. doi:10.1126/science.aaf4238

    Geissmann F., Mass E. (2016) A stratified myeloid system, the challenge of understanding macrophage diversity. Semin Immunol. doi:10.1016/j.smim.2016.03.016

    Mass E., Wachten D., Aschenbrenner A.C., Völzmann A., Hoch M. (2014) Murine Creld1 controls cardiac development through activation of calcineurin/NFATc1 signaling. Dev Cell. doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2014.02.012