Doctoral position

The University Hospital of Münster is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. Such a position cannot be achieved by size and medical successes alone. The individual commitment counts above all. We need your commitment so that even with little things we can achieve great things for our patients. There are many possibilities open for you so that you may develop with them.

The Institute of Hygiene, Section Microbial Genome Plasticity, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany has an opening for a

Doctoral position to study mechanisms involved in bacterium-host interaction in uropathogenic Escherichia coli
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Salary according to TV-L E13 65 %
Part-Time (65 %)

Our group focuses on the characterization of virulence- and fitness traits of uropathogenic Escherichia coli . We employ comparative and functional genomic-based approaches as well as cell culture-based infection models for the characterization of pathogen-host interaction.

The successful applicant will investigate E. coli factors involved in bacterial fitness in the urinary tract. The characterization of bacterial outer membrane vesicle (OMV) formation and its impact on host cell functions will be investigated as well as other bacterial adaptation strategies leading to enhanced fitness and competitiveness in the urinary tract.

The applicant should have a M.Sc./Diploma and a strong background either in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or infection biology. In addition, basic knowledge in bioinformatics and interest in bacterial pathogenesis is beneficial.

The position is available from October 2016, for 3 years initially, with the possibility of extension. Deadline for applications is August 31st, 2016.

For more information please contact: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dobrindt, Institute of Hygiene University of Muenster, Germany, Tel. +49 251 980 2875, email:


Applications of women are specifically invited. In the case of similar qualifications, competence, and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

How to apply:
Please send applications including a short letter of motivation, CV and publication list, copies of relevant documents and contact information of academic references as a single PDF-file via email.
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