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Postdoc Position in infection biology and innate immunity

The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research has an opening for a
Postdoc Position in infection biology and innate immunity
The department Regulation in Infection Biology (Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier) at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig (Germany) is offering a Postdoc 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.

  • PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Microbiology, Immunology or related fields.
  • Extensive experience in immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, bacteriology and genetics for several years. Particularly prior expertise in the fields of host/pathogen interaction, innate immunity and/or cellular microbiology.
  • A PhD and/or a post-doctoral experience abroad (preferentially in the US)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of international and multidisciplinary consortia.
  • Ability to lead projects related to the offered topic and to supervise junior scientists.
  • Ability to multi-task and to meet tight deadlines is essential.
  • Ability to work in a highly competitive field of research.
  • A proven record of publications in high-ranking journals.
  • Excellent self-motivation and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent organization skills and personal initiative.
  • Excellent English communication skills (written and spoken).

The position is suitable for a full-time employment.
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 1 year extendible
Probation period:               6 months
Salary:                                TVöD E14

Contact detail

How to apply:
Please send your application with a cover letter outlining briefly your research experience, motivation in the position and own scientific interests within the context of the announced research topic, and a complete curriculum vitae including a list of publications and academic references referring to code 94/2014 to
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Dept. of Human Resources, Inhoffenstraße 7, 38124 Braunschweig
or by E-Mail: JobsHZI@helmholtz-hzi.de
All documents and information should be provided in English.
Send application to
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: http://www.helmholtz-hzi.de
You are encouraged to contact directly the Department Head. For questions regarding offered Postdoc projects, please contact Prof. Charpentier under: emmanuelle.charpentier@helmholtz-hzi.de

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Niedersachsen)
Working place
38124 Braunchweig
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences