Locations of the Helmholtz Centre
The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research is located throughout Germany. In addition to the main campus in Braunschweig, there are facilities in 4 other cities: Hamburg, Hanover, Saarbrücken and Würzburg.
Fully-funded - Structured mentoring - Lab rotations - Select your advisor
Apply state of the art RNA-sequencing applications in host-pathogen interactions to map the RNA landscapes of pathogens and their infecting hosts. Develop and use emerging techniques like single-cell sequencing, CRISPR-Cas genome editing, and machine learning to understand the roles these molecules play in disease.
What we offer
FULLY-FUNDED PHD POSITIONS
We offer fully funded 3-year PhD positions (1year + 2 years after evaluation) equivalent to TVÖD E13 (50 %) with the possibility of an additional payment of 10%.
PhD candidates will benefit from an interdisciplinary committee of international scientists, guiding and supporting students throughout their thesis.
The graduate program is taught in English and is well supported by an integrated network of international PhD students and supervisors. German language courses are available to all employees at HIRI.
WORKSHOPS & PRACTICAL COURSES
A structured framework of lectures, seminars, practical courses, as well as hard and soft skill workshops will equip students to successfully to complete their PhD thesis and thrive in academia or industry.
RESEARCH TOPICS AND GROUP LEADERS
Students can pursue their scientific passion in all research groups of the HIRI. For further information, see: Research Groups
What we expect
MSc or equivalent in molecular or cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, bioengineering or related fields and a strong academic and scientific track record.
Good English communication and presentation skills (written and spoken).
MOTIVATED TEAM PLAYERS
We invite outstanding students of all nationalities dedicated to working at the interface of RNA & infection biology to apply. Prior to starting the program, applicants are expected to hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in life sciences or a related discipline. The salary of our PhD fellowships is comparable to international standards and includes broad healthcare benefits and pension.
Application completed for 2019
Candidate selection is a two-step process. First, we ask for a formal online application. Applicants are asked to focus on the tab "Research interest" describing their motivation to apply, their research background and research interest.
Please note that the submission of academic references / reference letters is not neccessary at this time.
Applicants who need to make earlier decisions or have general questions about the program are encouraged to contact our scientific coordinator Dr. Tim Schnyder .
If you want to become a part of the HIRI Graduate Training Program "RNA & Infection", please register and apply via the link below.
Your application will be managed by the online application system of the Graduate School for Infection research (GS-FIRE) of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI). In case of any problems, please check the FAQ section or contact the Graduate School directly.