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PhD Student in the Cell and Tissue Dynamics Lab

PhD Student in the Cell and Tissue Dynamics Lab

The Institute

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG shares principles of an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team that is supported by high-end and innovative technologies and a flexible and efficient administration.

In November 2013, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute's commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).

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The role 

In this research project, the PhD student will study fundamental cellular processes of innate phagocytic immune functions in early embryogenesis. Zebrafish will be used as the primary vertebrate model system in combination with 4D imaging of cellular dynamics and functional in vivo and ex vivo assays.
The overall aim will be to identify molecular and biophysical mechanisms regulating tissue clearance and error correction in the earliest stages of development.

About the lab

The Ruprecht lab studies multi-scale dynamics of cell and tissue organization in early embryogenesis. We have a key focus on understanding biological self-organization, cell and tissue morphogenesis and dynamic cell behaviour in 3D tissues.

Our lab follows a highly interdisciplinary approach combining molecular and cell biological tools with advanced biophysical methods and quantitative live cell imaging approaches.

Whom would we like to hire? 

Professional experience 

Must Have

  • You have experience with live fluorescence imaging and image/data analysis
  • You have interest and high motivation to work in an interdisciplinary research team

Desirable but not required

  • You have experience with vertebrate model systems
  • You have experience with statistics and image analysis software

Education and training

  • You hold a Masters degree


  • You are fluent in English


  • You have team working skills
  • You have strong communication skills

The Offer – Working Conditions

  • Contract duration: 4 years PhD Position
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
  • Target start date: October 2020.

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit our website in the training section.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

The CRG is committed to reconcile a work and family life of its employees and are offering extended vacation period and the possibility to benefit from flexible working hours.

Application Procedure

All applications must include:

  1. A motivation letter addressed to Dr. Verena Ruprecht.
  2. A complete CV including contact details.
  3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Verena Ruprecht and be submitted online through the "Apply" button below.

Selection Process

  • Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVS. It will be merit-based.
  • Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and a selection panel if required.
  • Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the Human Resources department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.

Deadline: Please submit your application by August 11th, 2020.

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