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. 

Evaluation criteria

The EMBL-HZI Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is a competitive merit-based fellowship programme. Eligible applications are independently reviewed by one EMBL and one HZI group leader as well as two external experts. Evaluators are asked to provide an overall impression of a candidate’s application in terms of excellence and collaborative potential.

Interviews: The interviews take place approximately 10 weeks after the call closes. Candidates give a talk on their research accomplishments (10 minutes) and have a panel interview (30 minutes). The interviews will take place on 15th or 16th of September

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