The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main is one of the largest universities in Germany with around 48,000 students and with about 5,000 employees. Founded in 1914 by Frankfurt citizens and since 2008 once again proud of its foundation status, Goethe University possesses a high degree of autonomy, modernity and professional diversity. As a comprehensive university, the Goethe University offers a total of 16 departments on five campuses and more than 100 degree programs along with an outstanding research reputation.

The  Institute for Cardiovascular Physiology at the Medical Faculty of the Goethe University in cooperation with collaborative research centre 1531 (SFB 1531) “Damage control by the stroma vascular compartment” invites applications for a Junior Research Group Leader Position (E14 TV-G-U).

The collaborative research centre 1531 (SFB 1531) focusses on the stroma-vascular compartments of the heart, the brain and blood vessels and elucidating its response to acute damage. The individual  projects aim to understand how different cell populations within the stroma-vascular compartments contribute to the repair process. CRC 1531 involves scientists from the Departments of Medicine and Biosciences at Goethe University Frankfurt, the University Hospitals of Heidelberg and Mainz, the MDC Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim. Thus, it is integrated into an outstanding research landscape, which also includes the excellence cluster CPI (Cardio Pulmonary Institute) and the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK).

Your qualifications:

We are seeking exceptional candidates at the rank of junior group leader with a documented expertise in the vascular system, the stroma-vascular compartment of heart or the neurovascular unit. An interest in mechanistic research of the acute damage response, regeneration and repair in response to injury is particularly welcome. The successful candidate will have a record of originality and productivity in graduate and postdoctoral research as well as clearly formulated plans for an independent and competitive research program including acquisition of third party funding.  Qualification requirements include a PhD or MD/Ph.D. degree, appropriate postdoctoral training (no more than 6 years after Ph.D.) and a 4 year research plan. 

What we offer:

The Junior Research Group will be located in a well-equipped research building offering laboratory and office space with modern infrastructure facilities as well as access to animal facilities. The pay group (up to E14 TV-G-U) depends on the applicant’s qualification. The position is available for a four year term.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Ralf Brandes at

Closing date for applications is 15.01.2022