02 Fully Funded PhD positions in Epidemiology and Ophthalmology – Germany

Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Bonn (UB) Medical School (UKB), invites applications  for TWO highly qualified PhD candidates (Fully Funded) who will conduct research in the following two topics:

Topic 1: Etiology and Diagnostics of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Topic 2: Retinal Imaging Biomarkers for Brain related Disorders

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique non-university research center which is dedicated to the subject dementia and all its areas, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. The center compasses the full spectrum of fundamental research through population sciences to health care research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research and science management, translation of scientific results into practice, interdisciplinarity and internationalization. It is a research center within the Helmholtz Organization of German research centers. With over 1000 employees from 55 nations, spread over 9 sites, the DZNE is one of the national and international leading research centers in its research field.

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.

Successful applicants will be supervised jointly by Prof. Monique M.B. Breteler (DZNE) and Prof. Robert Finger (UB). Both PhD students will work collaboratively within the Rhineland Study. Primary affiliation will be either with the UB (Topic 1) or the DZNE (Topic 2).


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.


  • Applicants should hold a Master’s degree
  • Experience with clinical or epidemiological research is advantageous as is a prior degree in health sciences/vision and/or epidemiology
  • 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

Please send your application to the following address:
Topic 1 (UKB): robert.finger@ukbonn.de
Topic 2 (DZNE): https://jobs.dzne.de/de/jobs/194/form


Institute Name: Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e. V. (DZNE) • Bonn
Degree/Course: PhD
Country: Germany
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