The Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics is looking for
PhD students (f/m/d) - Bone Regeneration after Fracture

The University Hospital Ulm and its employees stand for a modern and high quality patient care, excellent university research and medical education focused on the future as well as apprenticeships in attractive professional fields. The requirements for this are qualified and committed employees.
The overall goal of the research activities at the Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics ( is to better understand the pathomechanisms of musculoskeletal disorders and to develop novel therapeutic strategies. The Institute is embedded in the Trauma Research Centre Ulm (ZTF) and member of the Collaborative Research Centre 1149 (CRC1149) "Danger response, disturbance factors and regeneration after acute trauma". We rely on a broad spectrum of innovative methods, an interdisciplinary research approach, and extensive local, national and international cooperation to perform high quality research. The excellent scientific environment within the institute guarantees ideal working conditions.

Project description:
Within the above mentioned CRC1149 we offer three PhD projects, all of them dealing with compromised bone regeneration after fracture. Impaired bone fracture healing in severely injured and in aged or diseased patients is a major clinical problem. However, the underlying molecular and cellular mechanism are so far poorly understood. The projects will focus on the influence of psychosocial stress, and the role of glucocorticoids and mitochondrial dysfunction. The broad spectrum of methods comprises innovative surgical mouse models, cell culture work as well as molecular biology, histology and imaging techniques. The PhD students should join the International Graduate School of Molecular Medicine Ulm (IGradU).

Start of the projects: February 2023, Duration: 4 years

We are seeking excellent candidates (M.Sc. in biology, molecular medicine, biochemistry etc.) with a strong motivation to address biological and medical questions with interdisciplinary approaches. Experience in immunology and molecular biology are advantageous. 

We offer:
The opportunity to work in a dynamic and highly motivated team. Salary and benefits are given according to the German TV-L system. We offer a workplace health promotion, numerous training and continuing education opportunities and also support concerning the compatibility of job and family.

Contract: limited
Level of employment: part-time
application: 31.01.2023

Are you interested?
Then apply on basis of detailed applications containing CV, certificates, list of publications and references using our online form here:

Professor Dr. Anita Ignatius
Institut für Unfallchirurgische Forschung und Biomechanik
Universitätsklinikum Ulm
Helmholtzstraße 14
89081 Ulm
Tel: 0731-50055301, E-Mail:

Die Einstellung erfolgt durch die Verwaltung des Klinikums im Namen und im Auftrag des Landes Baden-Württemberg. Schwerbehinderte Bewerber/Innen (w/m/d) werden bei gleicher Eignung vorrangig eingestellt. Das Universitätsklinikum Ulm strebt die Erhöhung des Frauenanteils in den Bereichen an, in denen sie unterrepräsentiert sind. Entsprechend qualifizierte Frauen werden um ihre Bewerbung gebeten. Vollzeitstellen sind grundsätzlich teilbar. Eine an die Befristung anschließende Weiterbeschäftigung ist möglich.