Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) - Chemical Biology

Code: 20/2023


Chemical Biology

The department of „Chemical Biology“ of Prof. Dr. Brönstrup at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany is offering a position as Doctoral Researcher in Chemical Biology / Virology (f/m/d).


Project title: PROTAC-powered antivirals.


The successful candidate will be responsible for the investigation of novel lead compounds with broad spectrum antiviral activity. The project is funded by the agency for SPRIN-D (see: The cellular and molecular mechanism of action and the pharmacological properties will be studied by a combination of virological, biochemical and chemo proteomic techniques, in close collaboration with other disciplines of the international network. A part of the work will be performed in biosafety level 3 laboratories on the campus. 


Candidates should have a completed master degree or equivalent in cell biology, biochemistry, virology, pharmaceutical sciences or related disciplines and should be highly motivated to develop their scientific skills. First experiences with independent planning of experimental methods (molecular biology, biochemistry and bioanalytics) are required. Expertise in virology is considered an advantage. The ability to work in a multidisciplinary and international team is mandatory.

Disabled persons are given preference in the case of equal professional qualification. The HZI aims for professional equality between women and men. The position is suitable for part-time work.

We offer:

  • Modern laboratories, including S3 unit
  • State-of-the-art analytical instrumentation
  • Ample biological profiling platforms (in vitro and in vivo)
  • A lively scientific community
  • 30 days vacation, (24.12. & 31.12. are considered as completely free days)
  • An annual additional payment (Weihnachtsgeld) analogue to § 20 TVöD
  • Social security included
  • DO IT- PhD initiative
  • Welcome Office
  • Buddy System for new doctoral researchers
  • Family Office, Child Holiday Care

The successful candidate will be integrated in the HZI International Graduate School for Infection Research (GS-FIRE) which provides an innovative structured PhD programme within the field of Infection Research

Starting date:               01/04/2023 or later - Initial contract for 3 years

Salary:                          TVöD (Bund) E13 65%

Probation period:        6 months

Published on:              January 13th , 2023

Closing date:               February 12th , 2023

Application:                 Applicants are required to complete the online application form here: (Please select Job No. 20/2023).

For more details regarding the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Mark Brönstrup, e-mail:, or Dr. Katharina Rox, e-mail:

Further information about the institute and the department of Chemical Biology can be found on our website:




BRICS - 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

01.04.2023 or later

Contract time limit

3 years

Probation period

6 months


TVöD E13 (65%)

Published on


Applications accepted until  2023-02-12

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HZI International Graduate School

The HZI International Graduate School for Infection Research (GS-FIRE) provides an innovative structured PhD programme within the field of Infection Research.

PhD programme “Epidemiology”

The PhD programme “Epidemiology” is a three-year doctoral programme in the area of epidemiological research and is coordinated by the Department of Epidemiology of the HZI.

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