PhD student position on HIV pathogenesis

The Institute for HIV Research has a PhD position available for a highly motivated, smart and driven student with an excellent academic record in a natural scientific field, preferably with background knowledge in immunology and/or virology. Candidates should have a high degree of self-motivation, flexibility, excellent command of written and spoken English, the ability to work independently and the willingness for experimental animal work. Previous experience with flow cytometry, cell sorting, cell culture, qPCR and cloning is highly desirable. The future project on CD4 T cells in HIV infection and HIV vaccine design is embedded in the TRR60 ( The PhD student will have a structured, clearly defined project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. H. Streeck.  
The recently founded Institute for HIV Research pursues new research strategies for HIV treatment and cure and for the development of a prophylactic HIV vaccine. A key aspect in this context is the role of CD4 T-cell responses during an HIV infection with a special emphasis on how these reactions can be harnessed for vaccine development.
Our group has several international collaborations and the applicant will be part of a young and dynamic team using innovative, state-of-the-art techniques with the possibility for extensive educational training.
The planned duration of the position is initially 2 years, with a possible extension according to the maximum employment duration as given by laws regarding scientific fixed-term contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). The pay grade classification depends on the personal and collective legal requirements.
The University Duisburg-Essen aims at promoting the diversity of its members (see It aims at increasing the share of female faculty members and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Women with equal qualifications will, in accordance with state equality legislation, be given priority unless there are preponderant reasons to give preference to another applicant. Secondary employment for university employees is regulated as per the laws of North-Rhine Westphalia. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply (see § 2 para. 3 SGB IX) and with equal qualification will be given priority.
Please send your application including cover letter and CV by email to

Contact detail

How to apply:
Send application to
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Streeck
hendrik.streeck (at)

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Working place
45147 Essen
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Human medicine

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