PhD Project in Association with DFG Research Training Group: Humans and Microbes

The Research Training Group 2771 “Humans & Microbes” offers one scientific PhD student position in infection biology.

The position will be located at the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Virology and Hygiene of the University Medical Center Hamburg Eppendorf (UKE) in the group of Prof. Aepfelbacher. The candidate will be associated with a dynamic and competitive research training group in Hamburg ( and will profit from its educational, methodological and networking activities. We are looking for a PhD candidate in Molecular Bacteriology to investigate the immunosuppressive function of a Yersinia enterocolitica effector protein (PMID: 37806297, 27300509, 20957203).

What we offer:
• Regular pay according to TVöD/VKA; attractive company pension plan and various employee discounts
• 30 days of vacation
• Structured doctoral training in the integrated Research Training Group 2771 “Humans & Microbes”
• Sustainable travel: subsidies for the HVV-ProfiTicket and Dr. Bike bicycle service; option to lease a service bike
• Crisis-proof workplace, meaningful activity, appreciative interaction and open exchange of knowledge within the team; structured induction training
• Family-friendly working environment: cooperation on childcare, free vacation care, advice for employees with relatives in need of care
• Excellent health, prevention and sports offers

The position is to be filled as soon as possible with 65 percent of the regular weekly working hours and is temporary for three years with the option of an extension of one year.

What we are looking for:
• Excellent Master thesis in Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology or related subjects
• highly motivated
• strong interest in cellular and molecular infection biology
• Conscientious and structured work
• Commitment, team and communication skills, independence and flexibility
• Competent language abilities in English

Please submit:
• Letter of motivation
• CV including 2 references
• Certificates (University entrance, qualification, BSc, and MSc)
• Abstract of Master thesis (1 page) with summary of experimental skills
• List of publications (if applicable)

As email attachment (1 PDF FILE) to (Dr. Katja Giersch).

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