Sites of the Helmholtz Centre
The Sites of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research are distributed all over 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 (60%)
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.
SELECT YOUR ADVISOR AND YOUR PROJECT
Positions are independent of any group or project. Students can pursue their scientific passion in all Research Groups of the HIRI. After rotations in three labs students decide for their group and project of choice.
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.
The current call for applications has been completed. The next call will open in spring 2021.
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 reference letters is not neccessary at this time. In a second step, we invite short-listed candidates to Würzburg for in-person interviews.
Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place between November 9-11, although ongoing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic may cause changes to the schedule and format of the interviews. Overseas applicants are likely to be interviewed via a video call.
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.