PhD (m/w/d) - Joachim Herz Graduate program on the "Infection Biology of Tropical Pathogens"

Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Hamburg

The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) is an institute of the Leibniz Association and Germany's largest institution for research, medical services, teaching and training in the field of tropical diseases and emerging infections.

The Joachim Herz Stiftung is a nonprofit operating foundation dedicated to promoting education, science and research in the natural sciences, in economics and business administration as well as in the field of personal development. In addition, the Foundation also provides grants for small, innovative third-party projects. Since 2017, the Foundation also supports research projects in the fields of medicine and law. The Joachim Herz Stiftung was founded in 2008. It is one of the largest foundations in Germany.

Funded by the Joachim Herz Foundation, the BNITM is starting a three-year, structured

Joachim Herz Graduate program on the "Infection Biology of Tropical Pathogens"

This interdisciplinary program offers challenging educational and research opportunities in the fields of parasitology, immunology, bacteriology, virology, infection biology, molecular, cell and structural biology as well as pathobiology of infectious diseases. The graduates will work on cooperative projects, each supervised by two BNITM research group leaders.

Applications for 7 PhD positions are invited:

Project 1: "Importance of the natural transmission of mosquito-borne viruses for their infection in the mammalian host"; Supervisors: Esther Schnettler (schnettler(at)bnitm.de), César Muñoz-Fontela (munoz-fontela(at)bnitm.de).

Project 2: "Deciphering the interaction between Entamoeba histolytica and the human host during intestinal and liver invasion"; Supervisors: Iris Bruchhaus (bruchhaus(at)bnitm.de), Hanna Lotter (lotter(at)bnitm.de).

Project 3: "Pathogenesis of encephalitis by viral and bacterial pathogens"; Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit (jonassi(at)gmx.de), Dennis Tappe (tappe(at)bnitm.de).

Project 4: "Transport and function of the main virulence factor of the human malaria pathogen Plasmodium falciparum"; Iris Bruchhaus (bruchhaus(at)bnitm.de), Tobias Spielmann (spielmann(at)bnitm.de).

Project 5: "Influence of Leishmania infection on host cell biology"; Joachim Clos (clos(at)bnitm.de), Hanna Lotter (lotter(at)bnitm.de).

Project 6: "How Trypanosoma regulates the immune system to establish chronic infections"; Thomas Jacobs (tjacobs(at)bnitm.de), Minka Breloer (breloer(at)bnitm.de).

Project 7: "The role of checkpoint inhibitors in regulating immune response and immune evasion during infection with the intestinal helminth Strongyloides"; Minka Breloer (breloer(at)bnitm.de), Thomas Jacobs (tjacobs(at)bnitm.de).

For further information about the projects please contact the heads of the research groups.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are looking forward to three years of intensive and inspiring teamwork in an interdisciplinary institute. Successful candidates will have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in natural or life sciences and a very good command of English. 

The starting date of the graduate school is planned for April 1st, 2020 (late start of individual candidates may be possible). Salary will be according to German TVöD (salary agreement for public sector employees).

We support our employees in achieving a work-life balance and promote the professional equality of women and men. We strive to assist women in their scientific career, increase the number of women in research and reduce under-representation in all areas and positions in general. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference when equally qualified.

The application should include a letter of motivation (including indication of the 2 projects most favored by the applicant), CV, two letters of recommendation and a summary of the master/diploma thesis. All documents must be combined into a single pdf file (not exceeding 5 MB) and submitted via our online application form: https://jobs.bnitm.de/Joachim-Herz-Graduate-program-on-the-Infection-Biology-of--eng-f73.html

The application deadline is February 15, 2020.

Interview sessions will be held between March 10-12, 2020. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be informed.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the selection procedure, please contact Katja Bünger from the Human Resources Department (buenger(at)bnitm.de).