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Bonn & Melbourne DFG Graduate Training Group

The newly established DFG graduate training group “Bo&Merang” offers 15 PhD student projects (TV-L13 65%) on immunology and infectiology at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn, Germany and the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Bo&Merang studies myeloid immune cells and adaptive immunity against infections. Students will perform the core of their PhD project in Bonn and 1 year in Melbourne, jointly supervised by internationally leading principal investigators from both universities.
Bonn is a center of immunological research in Germany and features the Excellence Cluster ImmunoSensation and several topical SFB of the DFG. Its research foci include inflammatory disease models, microenvironmental and transcriptional immune regulation and immune pattern sensing. Melbourne is internationally recognized for excellent research on immune cell subsets and on microbial infections. These areas are highly synergistic and, the scientific exchange between Melbourne and Bonn will create a highly conducive environment for the training of students. PhD projects will be fully embedded in the coordinated training programs of both locations.
The 15 research projects address immunity against viral hepatitis, Malaria, Salmonella, Legionnaires' disease, influenza, HIV, melanoma and Alzheimer’s disease, study mechanisms such as inflammasome activation, cross-presentation, nucleic acid detection and immune cell communication and use advanced methodology like transcriptomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and 2-photon microscopy. For further information on the individual projects and the supervising scientists see http://bomerang.iei-bonn.de/bomerang.html
We are seeking passionate PhD candidates who are highly motivated to solve scientific questions with modern immunological approaches in a competitive environment. The ideal candidate holds a M.Sc. or Diploma with an above-average university degree in Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related fields with proven interest in immunology. Candidates with experience in relevant immunological research will be given priority. Excellent written and spoken English skills are mandatory.
The University of Bonn is an equal opportunities employer. We offer salary according to the German salary scale TV-L  E13, Jobticket and supplementary benefits in the public sector (pension plan according to VBL)
Candidates will apply until 15th of January 2016 by submitting their credentials, CV and motivation letter. Candidates fulfilling the selection criteria are invited to Bonn for an oral presentation and if necessary for a short lab rotation. Decisions will be made end of February and the projects are intended to start in April 2016.


Contact detail

How to apply:
via email
Send application to
Please send your application, preferably by email, until 15th January 2016 to
c/o Lucie Delforge
Prof. Dr. Christian Kurts
Institut für experimentelle Immunologie
Sigmund-Freud-Str. 25
53105 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 28711050

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Australia, Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Working place
53127 Bonn
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences