PhD position: CRISPR biology and technologies

The research group “RNA Synthetic Biology” (RSYN) of Dr. Prof. Chase Beisel at the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based infection research (HIRI) in Würzburg (Germany) is offering a

PhD position:  “CRISPR biology and technologies”.

The Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) was established in May 2017 as a joint venture between the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg (JMU). Located on the Würzburg medical campus, it will be the first research institution worldwide to exclusively address the role of ribonucleic acids (RNAs) in infection processes. Based on these findings, the HIRI will pioneer an integrative approach to exploit the vast potential of RNA as a diagnostic, drug, and therapeutic target for new strategies to combat infectious diseases. The RSYN research group will start in January 2018.

Project description:
The research group “RNA synthetic biology” invites applications for doctoral students to characterize and harness the properties of novel CRISPR-Cas immune systems. CRISPR-Cas systems have offered powerful tools for medicine, biotechnology, and agriculture, yet the full diversity and functions of these systems remain to be explored. The project will focus on characterizing previously unreported systems toward expanding our understanding of CRISPR biology and using these insights to develop a new generation of CRISPR technologies. More information on current research themes in the research group can be found on the webpage from Prof. Beisel’s prior institution: Selected students will work in the dynamic environment of the HIRI, which is part of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research.

  • Master’s Degree in biotechnology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, or a related field of the life sciences or engineering
  • Excellent English communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of an international team
  • A strong desire to do research, enthusiastic, creative, and highly self-motivated

The HIRI expressly invites women to apply.
Equally well qualified disabled applicants will be given preference.

Starting date: January 15, 2018 - Initial term 1 year, with the possibility of an extension of additional 2 years –

Salary: TVöD E13 (50%) with the possibility of an additional payment of 10%

Probation period: 6 months

Closing date: 13/12/2017

Application: Applicants are required to complete the online application form here:

Please refer to the job number 59/2017.
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For questions regarding the PhD projects, please contact Dr. Chase Beisel via e-mail at the following address:
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: 59/2017

About Helmholtz-Institut für RNA-basierte Infektionsforschung (HIRI)

Das HIRI wird als weltweit erstes Institut den innovativen Forschungsbereich der RNA- Biologie mit der Infektionsforschung verbinden, um künftig das große Potenzial dieser Molekülklasse für das Verständnis von Infektionsmechanismen und für die Entwicklung neuer Formen von Diagnostik, Therapie und Prävention weiter zu erschließen.

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