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PhD position in Microbial Cell Biology and Evolution

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At the Institute for Microbiology, part of the Department of Biology at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and within the framework of the Manchot Graduate School “Molecules of Infection III”, a
                                                                   PhD position
                                            in Microbial Cell Biology and Evolution
is to be filled.
The Manchot Graduate School “Molecules of Infection III” (GS MOI III) offers an innovative, structured training and research program in a both stimulating and interdisciplinary field of medicine and biology. Highly motivated and excellent candidates holding a MSc degree in biology, biochemistry or related subjects are strongly encouraged to apply.

Aim of the project is to study the role of proteins that enable eukaryotic cells to interact with beneficial bacterial endosymbionts. As model systems we use the trypanosomatid Angomonas deanei and the cercozoan amoeba Paulinella chromatophora. The project includes (i) testing the subcellular localization of candidate proteins, (ii) investigation of the molecular machinery that is responsible for targeting host proteins to the endosymbiont, and (iii) exploration of the cellular function of candidate proteins. Therefore, we are looking for talented and highly motivated applicants with excellent interdisciplinary skills.

A Master or Diploma in Biology or Biochemistry is a prerequisite for the advertised position. A great interest in symbiosis, pathogenicity, and evolution is desirable. Experience in molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology, and biochemistry are of advantage. The ability and willingness to contribute to teaching assignments in our Microbiology modules is expected.

The scholarship comprises inter alia a monthly allowance of €1,800 over a period of 3.5 years as well as a budget for material expenses and financial support for the attendance of national and international conferences.

The dissertation projects are cross-linked both in content and methodology. Within the scope of the GS MOI III qualification program, lectures, seminars, and lab rotations will provide the PhD students with thorough insight into the infection biology of the three big pathogen groups of viruses, bacteria and fungi/protozoa as well as into the host’s immune response. In the course of the study program, the students will be enabled to acquire extensive professional key competences. Yearly MOI symposia offer a platform for presenting own research results and intensive scientific exchange.

Heinrich Heine University (HHU) with more than 30,000 students forms the core of the university town Düsseldorf. As a full university with its five faculties law, economics, humanities, medicine, and mathematics/natural sciences, the HHU promotes close interdisciplinary cooperation on the regional, national, and international scale. The HHU has, already for the third time, been awarded with the certificate “TOTAL E-Quality”.

Further information on the focus of graduate school and research projects with regards to content can be found on our website: www.moi.hhu.de.

Qualified candidates should send their applications (incl. cover letter, CV and recommendation letters of at least two references) no later than 15.08.2016 by e-mail as a single pdf-file to: e.nowack@hhu.de.
For further information see: http://www.mikrobielle-symbiose.hhu.de/

Contact detail

How to apply:
Send application to
Dr. Eva Nowack

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Working place
40225 Düsseldorf
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences