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PhD Position in infection biology and innate immunity

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The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research has an opening for a
PhD Position in infection biology and innate immunity
The department Regulation in Infection Biology (Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier) at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig (Germany) is offering a PhD Position to investigate mechanisms of interaction between Streptococcus pyogenes and the human host.

Area of research
The Helmholtz department “Regulation in Infection Biology” studies molecular and cellular mechanisms of regulation in processes of infection and immunity in Gram-positive bacterial pathogens. The group has recently focused on the mechanisms of interaction between Streptococcus pyogenes and innate immune cells. In this regard, the project will involve the investigation of mechanisms involved in the recognition of the bacterial pathogen by human host cells and will include the study of membrane vesicles in this respect. The position is announced within the frame of a recently funded European ERA-NET project, Infect-ERA Haplo-Infect.
  • Master’s Degree/Diploma in Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Microbiology, Immunology or related fields.
  • Former experience in immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, bacteriology and genetics will be considered as an advantage.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of international and multidisciplinary consortia.
  • Ability to multi-task and to meet tight deadlines is essential.
  • Ability to work in a highly competitive field of research.
  • A strong desire to do research with high self-motivation and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent organization skills and personal initiative.
  • Excellent English communication skills (written and spoken).
Equal Opportunities are part of our personnel policy – qualified women are especially invited to apply. Qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Location  Braunschweig (Germany)
Starting date  Early 2015 - Initial contract for 3 years
Probation period  6 months
Salary  TVöD E13 (65%)

Closing date  18.01.2015


Art des Bewerbungszugangs
Please submit your application in our online application tool at (after registration choose “Application HZI Jobs” and select job number 85/2014).
Within the online application, you have to provide a complete curriculum vitae including a list of publications and academic references, as well as a motivation letter outlining briefly your research experience, motivation in the position and own scientific interests within the context of the announced research topic. All documents and information should be provided in English.
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the largest scientific organization in Germany. The HZI offers a unique research environment in the field of infection biology, excellent state-of-the-art equipment, a stimulating scientific community and intensive training of scientific and personal skills. Further information about the institute and the research department of Prof. Charpentier can be found on our website:
You are encouraged to contact directly the Department Head. For questions regarding offered PhD projects, please contact Prof. Charpentier under:

Details der Stellenanzeige

Befristete Anstellung
Berufserfahrung nicht vorausgesetzt
Deutschland (Niedersachsen)
38124 Braunschweig
Biologie & Life Sciences, Chemie