PhD Student (m/f/d)

Research Center Borstel - Leibniz Lung Center (FZB), Borstel

We are announcing a part-time position as

PhD Student (m/f/d)

in the Research group Immunology and Cell Biology.

Topic: Sex-specific regulation of immunoproteasome function

The successful candidate will work in a cooperative project at the Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center (RCB) together with the Leibniz Institute of Virology (LIV) (Prof. Dr. Marcus Altfeld) in Hamburg under joint supervision within the Graduate School “Infection” of the Leibniz Center Infection (LCI). The RCB is an internationally renowned research institute with 370 employees, financed by the Federal Government and the State of Schleswig-Holstein. The LCI is a strategic alliance of the North German Leibniz Institutes Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), the RCB and the LIV. The LCI focuses on global infections and links the complementary research of the three Leibniz institutes: tropical and emerging infections at BNITM, bacterial infections of the lung at RCB and viral diseases at LIV (www.lc-infection.com). The alliance provides a three-year structured graduate program on Infection as an interdisciplinary teaching and training course. It is mandatory to conduct at least 3 months of the research at the cooperating institute.


The immunoproteasome is a specialized inducible type of proteasome which functions in immune cells and protective T cell immunity in infection. Recent evidence demonstrated sex-related regulation of immunoproteasome activity which may contribute to the well-established sexual dimorphism observed in virus and mycobacterial infections. The project aims to unravel the molecular basis of sex-related regulation of the immunoproteasome in order to develop sex-specific diagnostic tools and target the immunoproteasome therapeutically in a sex-related manner. The project is a joint effort of the Meiners lab and the research group of Bianca Schneider on Coinfection at the RCB together with the lab of Marcus Altfeld at the Leibniz Institute of Virology (LIV) in Hamburg.


  • M. Sc. (or equivalent) in natural or life sciences
  • High motivation, independent and creative thinking as well as scientific enthusiasm
  • Strong background in molecular biology and/or biochemistry
  • Experience in working with animal models
  • International experience is of advantage
  • Very good command of the English language


  • A workplace located in a top-class research center close to Hamburg
  • Participation in an international and productive team
  • Personal atmosphere and support
  • Payment according to TVöD-VKA (65%) incl. all benefits usually offered in the public sector
  • Family-friendly working conditions and flexible working hours
  • childcare center and workplace health promotion

The Research Center Borstel is an equal opportunity employer that actively supports inclusivity and diversity. We are certified by audit berufundfamilie. We encourage female candidates to apply and will treat them favorably in case of equal qualifications. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be preferred.

Doctorate students at the RCB participate at the Borstel Biomedical Research School that offers a structured doctorate program, including lectures and regular meetings.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Silke Meiners (smeiners(at)fz-borstel.de).

Please apply with the usual documents (without photo) by 15.7.2022 on our website www.fz-borstel.de.