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PhD position in Microbial RNA and Cell Biology

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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 RNA and Cell Biology
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 here is to study the role of RNA biology-based regulatory mechanisms during infection with Ustilago maydis. This includes the investigation of key RNA-binding proteins with cutting edge transcriptome-wide technology such as iCLIP and ribosomal profiling. Results will be verified by cell biological approaches like RNA live imaging. 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 eukaryotic model organisms is desirable. Experience in RNA biology, cell biology, biochemistry and microbiology 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.
The Heinrich-Heine-University 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 contact details for at least two references) no later than 15.08.2016 by e-mail as a single pdf-file to:
For further information see:

Contact detail

How to apply:
Send application to
Prof. Dr. Michael Feldbrügge

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