PhD Student - Virus Genomics

The Heinrich Pette Institute - Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI), is committed to research on the biology of different human viruses as well as the pathogenesis of viral diseases ( The HPI offers the opportunity to perform cutting-edge research in a world-class research environment with excellent technical and animal facilities.

We are looking for a highly motivated, team-oriented student with a diploma/master degree (or equivalent) and experience in at least one of the disciplines and related techniques of molecular biology, genome research, epigenetics or virology. Prior experience in the fields DNA tumor viruses and/or bioinformatics would be welcome.
Our position is to be filled for up to three years in the “Virus Genomics” group (head: Prof. Adam Grundhoff) with the possibility of extension. Payment and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TV-AVH (salary agreement for public service employees).

Work in the research group of Adam Grundhoff focuses on tumorigenic DNA viruses and genetic/epigenetic mechanisms that allow viral persistence and contribute to virus-induced disease(

The specific PhD project will study the interplay between host chromatin factors and Kaposi Sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, a virus that is a leading cause of cancer in AIDS and other immunosuppressed patients.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Adam Grundhoff directly (Email:

The Heinrich-Pette-Institute promotes the professional equality between women and men. Therefore especially women are encouraged to apply. Handicapped applicants will be preferred in otherwise similar qualification, competence and professional performance.
How to apply:
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Please send your application by April 15th, 2016. to:

Heinrich Pette Institute – Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology
Personnel Department
Martinistraße 52                                                                  
20251 Hamburg
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Das Heinrich-Pette-Institut (HPI) - Leibniz Institut für Experimentelle Virologie, widmet sich der Erforschung der Biologie humaner Virusarten, der Pathogenese von Viruserkrankungen, der Abwehrreaktion des Organismus und damit zusammenhängender Probleme. Ziel ist es, neue Ansatzpunkte für verbesserte Therapien und Diagnoseverfahren bei Viruserkrankungen und virus-assoziierten...

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