PhD position (m/f) in Molecular Microbiology/Infection Biology

PhD position (65 %; pay grade 13 TV-L) starting as soon as possible. The position is initially limited for a period of two years. It is a qualification position in the sense of the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (Wissenschaftsvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG), which is to promote the scientific qualification of the employee.

The strictly intracellular bacterial pathogens Chlamydiae are of great medical importance as they cause numerous diseases including sexually transmitted diseases and trachoma, the leading cause of blindness in the Third World. Furthermore, C. pneumoniae infection is associated with lung cancer. Chlamydiae highjack the eukaryotic cytoskeleton to facilitate invasion, replication and dissemination. While the role of the actin cytoskeleton during the chlamydial
infection has been studied, the function of the host‘s microtubule cytoskeleton is not understood. In this project, we will identify and characterize chlamydial proteins that regulate the microtubule cytoskeleton and determine their role in the infection process.

As C. pneumoniae is not genetically accessible, the eukaryotic model yeast S. pombe will be used as a tool to identify chlamydial proteins that modulate the microtubule cytoskeleton.

The PhD position is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Our requirements:
  • The successful applicant holds a master‘s degree or equivalent inbiology or a related field
  • Experience in molecular biology/cell biology
  • Experience with yeast genetics and/or cell culture
  • A pronounced interest in research
  • The ability to work autonomously while being part of a team
The pay scale grouping will be, depending on the personal qualification of the applicant, up to pay grade 13 TV-L.

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf aims at increasing the percentage of employed women. Applications from women will therefore be given preference in cases of equal aptitude, ability and professional achievements unless there are exceptional reasons for choosing another applicant. Applications from suitably qualified severely disabled persons or disabled persons regarded as being of
equal status according to Book IX of the German Social Code (SGB – Soziales Gesetzbuch) are encouraged.

How to apply:
Please submit your written application with the usual documents
(a letter, CV, certificates and the names of two references) as a pdf
file by 06.09.2016 citing reference no. 29T16-3.1 to
Send application to
Your contact persons in case of questions are Professor Dr. Ursula
Fleig, e-mail:, phone no.: 0211/81-11581 or Prof. Dr.
Johannes H. Hegemann, e-mail:, phone no.:
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: Chlamydia ( 29T16-3.1)

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