EMBL-HZI Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

This programme leverages the expertise of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in the field of human microbiota research. Postdoctoral Research fellows will be granted salary funding for two years to carry out research projects between a group at EMBL and a group at HZI, located at the multiple sites of both institutes. Fellows will have a main host lab at EMBL or HZI, where they will be employed, and spend at least a total of 3 months at the partner institution. Research activities must address the following topic:

“The human microbiome: From molecular understanding to exploiting these microbial ecosystems for human health”  

Humans are hosts to diverse and dynamic assemblages of microorgansims. Alterations in these communities have been linked to many human diseases, including the susceptibility and treatment outcome of infectious, metabolic-, immune-mediated diseases and cancer. Understanding the causal molecular elements and underlying mechanisms of these associations is instrumental for developing novel interventional strategies based on rational and effective microbiota editing. To address this challenge, scientists from EMBL and HZI will work together to understand the functional diversity of microbes living in these communities, to dissect the interactions and properties of the complex communities they assemble, and to study the molecular interactions with the host. The two institutes will combine their expertise in bacteriology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, multi-omics approaches and systems biology, immunology, natural product research, bioinformatics and modelling. 


Applicants must have completed a PhD at the date of recruitment (start date of the fellowship). Successful candidates have 3 months to take up their fellowship (starting from Oct 1, 2022 for fellows recruited in the 2022 EMBL/HZI call for applications).

The EMBL/HZI programme is open to experienced researchers of all nationalities. Prior association (including visitor contracts) of an applicant with EMBL or HZI is compatible with application to the programme but cannot exceed 12 months within the last 3 years prior to the application deadline. 

All applications should include:

  • A cover letter specifying the title of your project
  • A project description (using the provided template – max 2 pages)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages)
  • Two letters of reference (sent separately by the PIs to same address by application deadline)
  • A letter of support by primary host - see template

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