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Old 02-23-2006, 10:04 PM
Michael Brand
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Dear colleagues,

please find below an advert for eight new independent junior groups,
tenure track, in a newly established Center for Stem Cell and
Regeneration Research in Dresden, Germany.

Michael Brand


The new DFG Research Center Regenerative Therapies Dresden focuses on
fundamental research into Regeneration, Tissue Engineering and Stem
Cells. In a joint effort of several scientific institutions in Dresden,
it forms a network of currently 54 research groups plus commercial
partners, working in the areas of Haematology/ Oncology, Diabetes,
Neurodegenerative disorders, Bone/Cartilage replacement and
Cardiovascular disease. Available immediately, we offer positions of
limited duration for

8 Junior Research Group Leaders
1 Scientific Project Coordinator.

Applicants are expected to have an outstanding international scientific
qualification in biomedical research. Remuneration is offered in
accordance with the salary scale BAT-O Ia; individual salaries depend
on the candidates' personal and educational background and work

The Junior Research Groups will run for 6 years. They are subject to a
time limit, which is 31 December 2009. Prior to the expiration of the
contract, an evaluation is conducted to assess further extension of the
contract and the conversion of 3 of the 8 Group Leader positions into
permanent W2 professorships (tenure track option). Each group consists
of the position for the group leader, one postdoc, one PhD student and
one technical assistant. The basic equipment and running costs are
available. Together with 3 additional new professorships, the new
junior research groups will be housed in a new state-of-the-art
building equipped with a shared central technology platform. The new
building will be located next to the BIOTECnology Center of the TUD
() and the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
() on the Medical School Campus. Key avenues for research efforts in
the new center will complement the existing strengths.

The Research Center is particularly interested to appoint group leaders
working in the following areas:

Animal models of regeneration (J1). The goal is to understand
regeneration in relation to progenitor cell development in vertebrate
model organisms and tissues that have, as a natural phenomenon,
excellent abilities to regenerate, e.g. amphibians or zebrafish.
Preclinical approaches of stem cells in regenerative therapy (J2).
The goal is to perform translational research for specific stem cell
types that are approaching use for human clinical therapy, e.g.
mesenchymal stem cells and neural stem cells.
Cell biological basis of stem cell/progenitor cell development (J3,
J4). Recognizing the overwhelming need for better understanding of cell
biological mechanisms in stem cell activity for all research areas,
these research teams will specifically investigate critical mechanisms
controlling stem cell activity.
Engineering of stem cell behavior using materials science
approaches (J5, J6). The goal is to understand and engineer scaffolds
and matrices mimicking the extracellular environment that either
support or prevent regeneration/stem cells, and to model this
environment in suitable in vivo assays.
Nanotechnological control/engineering of tissue regeneration (J7).
The goal will be to achieve specific engineering and nanotechnological
designs of e.g. functionalized surfaces, microvalves and controllable
hydrogels that allow a spatial and temporal specific stimulation of
stem cell populations.
Immunotolerance in regeneration (J8). Host immune reactions are a
serious problem in type I diabetes and transplantation of organs, stem
cells or engineered tissues alike. Using animal models, the group will
research immunological and genetic means of inducing immunotolerance,
e.g. by selective epitope or reactive lymphocyte elimination.

Please indicate which position(s) you are applying for.

The Scientific coordinator's position is initially for 2 years with
the possibility of renewal. The Scientific coordinator will support the
speaker by coordinating the scientific and administrative tasks in the
CRTD. The applicant will typically have a PhD and postdoctoral
experience related to one of the subject areas of the CRTD, strong
communicative and organizational skills and ideally administrative

For further information, see and . The period of employment is in
accordance with the Framework Act of Higher Education
(Hochschulrahmengesetz HRG) as amended. Women are specifically
encouraged to apply. Handicapped applicants are favored given otherwise
identical qualification. Applications and two letters of recommendation
should be sent by March 23, 2006 to the following address:

Prof. Dr. Michael Brand, Speaker of the CRTD, BIOTEC Center, TU Dresden
Tatzberg 47-51, 01307 Dresden, Germany email:
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