The Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) Graduate Training Program “RNA & Infection” is offering several PhD positions




The HIRI in Würzburg is a federally funded research institution whose mission is world-class science at the interface of RNA & infection biology. We perform basic research into the role RNA plays in pathogens and infected hosts with the ultimate goal of leveraging the vast potential of RNA as a diagnostic, target, and drug to combat infectious diseases. This includes the development of new single-cell technologies as well as RNA-seq and CRISPR -based methodologies to better visualize and interrogate infection processes.

The HIRI Graduate Training Program “RNA & Infection” was launched in summer 2018 and is dedicated to training the next generation of scientists to become experts in both RNA biology and infectious diseases. The program is highly unique by offering fully funded positions independent of any group or project. Building on this independence, PhD students participate in lab rotations in three HIRI groups of their choice and then select their advisor and thesis project. Students also receive structured mentoring and training throughout their PhD, including short intensive courses in RNA and infection biology taught by faculty from the HIRI and the University of Würzburg as well as opportunities to present their work at international conferences.

For further information about the program and the HIRI, please visit:


  • Academic degree (MSc or equivalent) in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, bioinformatics, bioengineering, or a related field
  • Strong academic and scientific track record
  • Dedication to work at the interface of RNA and infection biology
  • Good English communication and presentation skills (written and spoken)
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Highly self-motivated and enthusiastic


HIRI Würzburg



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Early - mid 2020


Initial term 1 year, with the possibility of a 2-year extension


6 months


TVöD E13 (50%) with the possibility of an additional payment of 10%



Bewerbungsschluss ist der  15.09.2019

If you want to become a part of the HIRI Graduate Training Program “RNA & Infection” you can apply online now at

For further information on the program, please contact Dr. Tim Schnyder at In case of any problems with the online application system, please contact the Graduate School at

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