The Exelixis Lab

Enabling Research in Evolutionary Biology

One PhD position available

One PhD position is available in our group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS gGmbH) in Heidelberg, Germany in the framework of the IGNITE project.

We are happy to announce that 15 PhD/Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions now available in the Pan-European MSCA-ITN IGNITE Network of institutions and companies for a maximum duration of 36 months.

All positions will open on 1st July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The deadline for applications is 28th February 2018 (23:59 CET).

Europe is home to world-leading expertise in invertebrate genomics and the aim of IGNITE is to gather together this European excellence to train a new generation of scientists skilled in all aspects of invertebrate genomics.

The well-trained genome scientists emerging from IGNITE will be in great demand in universities, research institutions, as well as in software, biomedical, agrofood and pharmaceutical companies. Through their excellent interdisciplinary and intersectoral training spanning from biology and geobiology to bioinformatics and computer science, our graduates will be in a prime position to take up leadership roles in both academia and industry in order to drive the complex changes needed to advance sustainability of our knowledge-based society and economy.

To apply and for general information about the positions, please visit our central application tool available here.

For a detailed description of the individual projects please see here

Student Supervision Strategy & Lab Organization

We are constantly undertaking efforts to improve the quality of supervision for undergraduate students, PhD students, and PostDocs. In the following we list the measures that we have taken to ensure 'good' supervision in the Exelixis Lab:

  • Regular Bi-Weekly Meetings: Each lab member gets a time slot (on Tuesdays) for bi-weekly face-to-face meetings with Alexis.
  • Constant & Small Group Size: The group size will stay constant at around 6-7 researchers such that everybody can interact directly with Alexis and such that no sub-hierarchies are required.
  • Email Responsiveness: Emails from undergraduate students, PhD students, and PostDocs in the group have highest priority and are usually answered within a day.
  • Intermediate PhD Defenses: While this is not a formal requirement, each PhD student gets to meet his co-advisor (Zweitgutachter) already in the first year of his PhD. In addition, each year, we organize inofficial intermediate PhD defenses with the co-advisor such that (i) the co-advisor knows what is going on right from the beginning and (ii) we get an external view on the research we are doing right from the start.
  • Moderated Upward Feedback: We are one of the first academic research groups in Germany that implements a moderated upward feedback procedure. In this procedure the lab members talk to a moderator (who guarantees anonymity) about the things that don't work well in the lab and potential problems. The moderator then discusses these issues with Alexis and can propose courses of action to improve things and resolve problems. Such a procedure is very important, in particular, because of the generally high hierarchical dependency between the advisor and his PhD students.

Propsective students from KIT

We are always looking for student programmers (HiWis) and students interested in doing bachelor/master theses projects with us. If you are interested please send an email to Alexis at Alexandros dot Stamatakis at h hyphen its dot org