Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) - Infection Immunology

Code: 43/2023


Infection Immunology (INI)

The Research Group Infection Immunology, led by Prof. Dr. Eva Medina, at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), is offering the position as Doctoral Researcher in Infection Immunology (f/m/d).


The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research GmbH (HZI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the largest scientific organization in Germany. Scientists at the HZI develop strategies to better combat infectious diseases. Their goal is to develop novel approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and therapy of infectious diseases. To this end, they study bacterial and viral pathogens and their interaction with the immune system and explore new active ingredients.

The research focus of the Infection Immunology Research Group is to investigate the host-pathogen interactions during Staphylococcus aureus infections as well as the development of more effective therapeutic strategies to treat these infections.

Project Description:

The doctoral researcher will work on a project that is part of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) "DECisions in Infectious DisEases" (DECIDE) funded bythe German Research Foundation (DFG). The CRC DECIDEinvestigates key decisions that determine the outcome and severity of infections. These decisions are defined by a complex interplay of the pathogen with host barrier tissues and their commensal microbiota as well as local and systemic immune responses. DECIDE will apply cutting-edge technologies such as single-cell RNA-seq, complex human tissue and animal models). The specific project within the CRC will focus on “Molecular decision points underlying the systemic spreading of Staphylococcus aureus”. For further information, see


  • Master's (or equivalent) degree in life science or a related subject
  • High levels of enthusiasm and motivation and be able to work independently
  • Have teamwork competency
  • Experience in working with mice; FELASA B certificate would be helpful but not required
  • Previous experience with flow cytometry and other immunological techniques is beneficial
  • Have good written and oral communication skills in English

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 you:

  • Challenging and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • Excellent infrastructure for training and facilities with state-of-art technologies
  • Additional services of the public service
  • Flexible working hours and workplace design
  • A workplace at the Science Campus Brunswick-South
  • 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


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

as soon as possible

Contract time limit

3 years

Probation period

6 months


alike TVöD E13 (65%)

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Applications accepted until  2023-04-02

Application: Applicants are required to complete the online application form here: (Please select Job No. 43/2023).

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Eva Medina, phone 0531 6181 4500, email:

Further information about the institute and the Infection Immunology Research Group can be found on our website:

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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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