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PhD Position in Epidemiology and Ophthalmology
Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e.V. (DZNE) / German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) / University of Bonn (UB) Medical School (UKB)
Population Health Sciences at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Bonn, Germany aims to
study determinants and biomarkers of normal and pathological mental and physical health function over the adult life
course, with a special emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases and ageing. It is primarily based on data from the
Rhineland Study. This prospective population based cohort study will include up to 30,000 people aged 30 years and over,
run for decades, and emphasizes extensive phenotyping. Study facilities currently encompass 2 fully operational
examination centers equipped with state-of-the-art apparatus including dedicated devices for retinal and brain imaging,
advanced bio-banking facilities and large data storage and computational resources. Further information is available at www.rheinlandstudie.de.
PhD Position in Epidemiology and Ophthalmology - Code 1532/2017/12
In collaboration with the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Bonn (UB) Medical School (UKB), we are
looking for a highly qualified PhD candidate who will conduct research in the following topic:
Etiology and Diagnostics of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Successful candidates will be supervised jointly by Prof. Robert Finger (UB) and Prof. Monique M.B. Breteler (DZNE). The
PhD student will work collaboratively within the Rhineland Study. Primary affiliation will be with the UB.
The scientific work will include the supervision of the ophthalmologic data collection within the Rhineland Study, data
analysis and preparation of manuscripts for publication in international journals. Support and mentoring will be available at
every step along the way. The PhD position will be integrated into the Bonn International Graduate School Clinical and
Population Science (www.bigs-clinpopscience.de/) with regular seminars as well as supportive mentoring and other
research infrastructure. Training in general scientific methods as well as more specialized methods employed by the
research unit will be provided. Active participation in local, national and international conferences is expected. Successful
candidates will be awarded a PhD or MD/PhD depending on prior qualifications.
Qualifications and experience:
The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, team-oriented graduate with a strong interest in vision research,
ophthalmology and epidemiology. Strong quantitative and analytical skills are a pre-requisite as are excellent verbal and
writing skills in English. Experience with clinical or epidemiological research is advantageous as is a prior degree in health
sciences/vision and/or epidemiology. Candidates should hold a diploma or a master‘s degree. The position is available
immediately with an envisioned starting date in early 2018. Both, the DZNE and the UB are equal opportunity employers.
You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE/UB. We
especially welcome and encourage disabled individuals to apply. For further information, please visit our web-page or
contact us via email through the address stated below.
Please send us your application via the following email: