PhD position: Cellular and molecular determinants of T cell responses to CMV infection

Code: 79/2018



The research group Immune Aging and Chronic Infections (IMCI) of Prof. Dr. Luka Cicin-Sain at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany is offering a PhD position: Cellular and molecular determinants of T cell responses to CMV infection.


You have the opportunity to study adaptive immune responses to Cytomegalovirus (CMV). CMV is the most common cause of congenital infections and a major opportunistic pathogen in transplant recipients. It elicits an unparalleled T cell response that is essential for immune control, but the reasons for this extremely robust and sustained immunity are only partially understood.

Our lab had developed cutting-edge technology for viral mutagenesis, single-cell monitoring of viral infection and latency, as well as in vivo immunity to this virus. You may benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities to study the molecular mechanisms driving anti-CMV immunity by in vitro and in vivo experimental models to develop novel immune monitoring procedures, immunotherapeutics or antiviral vaccines.


  • Master’s Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, or a related field of the life sciences
  • Excellent English communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of an international team
  • Willingness to work with in vivo models of infection and immunity
  • Motivation and interest in immunity and infection


Headquarter Braunschweig

Research Group

The Handicapped

Qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Part-Time Suitability

The position is suitable for part-time employment.

Special preference toward women


Starting date

15th January 2019 or later

Contract time limit

Initial contract for 3 years

Probation period

6 months


alike TVöD E13 (50%) with the possibility of an additional payment of 15%

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Applications accepted until  16.12.2018

Applicants are required to complete the online application form here: (Please select Job No. 79/2018).

For more details regarding the position, please contact Prof. Cicin-Sain via email:, or by phone: +49 531 6181-4616.

Further information about the institute and the research group of Prof. Cicin-Sain can be found on our website:

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