Junior Research Group Leader in the field of infectious disease research, in particular antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Code: 68/2020


Junior Research Group Leader in the field of infectious disease research, in particular antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, invites applications for an independent Junior Research Group in the field of infectious disease research, in particular antimicrobial resistance (AMR). HZI is Germany’s largest academic institution dedicated exclusively to infection research. In line with its translational mission, it develops new strategies for the early detection, prevention and treatment of bacterial and viral infections. Through its unique strength in natural product research, together with industry HZI is engaged in the discovery and development of novel anti-infectives. As a member of the German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF), HZI makes important contributions to fostering translational infection research on a national scale. Strategic partnerships with national and international universities, the university medicine and other research institutions have led to the establishment of several branch institutes addressing major challenges in the areas of clinically oriented research, individualized infection medicine, pharmaceutical research, RNA-based infection research, structural biology and data science. Strong networks within the Helmholtz Health Centres, enable cross-disease cooperation.


We are looking for highly qualified clinician scientists (Module 1), and infection researchers with a focus on translational infection medicine (e.g. antimicrobial resistance) (Module 2).


Module 1:

Clinical junior research groups in infection research: qualified physicians with a doctorate, will be funded in the second half of their specialist training who, in addition to clinical work, wish to carry out and supervise their own infectiological research projects (clinician scientists), including infection prevention and hospital hygiene. A requirement is for the research to take place at a medical university in Germany to enable linkage of clinical care and research.

Module 2:

Non-clinical junior research groups in infection research: top scientists with a doctoral degree in infectiology, e.g. in natural sciences and computer science, who would like to establish a junior research group in an application-oriented research area, are encouraged to apply. The junior research group leader must have completed a postdoctoral phase of at least two years. Funding is also available for clinicians with a doctorate in a medical speciality to pursue a career in research without continuing to work in patient care.


Headquarter Braunschweig

Starting date

earliest possible date

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Applications accepted until  2020-08-31

The application process consists of two stages. In the first stage, the submission of a one-page project outline, CV and publication list (including third-party funding, prizes, patent applications or similar) is required. Please submit applications electronically in one document (PDF) to Katrin MacLeod (Katrin.MacLeod@helmholtz-hzi.de) before 31 August 2020.

Further information is available at https://www.gesundheitsforschung-bmbf.de/de/10747.php

HZI is strongly committed to increase the proportion of female faculty members and therefore encourages applications by female candidates.

Candidates with disabilities will be given preference, provided they are equally qualified.

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