4 Ph.D. Positions. RNA & Infection (Germany) Deadline: Sept. 15, 2019

Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research

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Program Details

The Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg is a federally funded research institution whose mission is world-class science at the interface of RNA & infection biology. We perform basic research into the role RNA plays in pathogens and infected hosts with the ultimate goal of leveraging the vast potential of RNA as a diagnostic, target, and drug to combat infectious diseases. This includes the development of new single-cell technologies as well as RNA-seq and CRISPR -based methodologies to better visualize and interrogate infection processes.

The HIRI Graduate Training Program “RNA & Infection” was launched in summer 2018 and is dedicated to training the next generation of scientists to become experts in both RNA biology and infectious diseases. The program is highly unique by offering fully funded positions independent of any group or project. Building on this independence, PhD students participate in lab rotations in three HIRI groups of their choice and then select their advisor and thesis project. Students also receive structured mentoring and training throughout their PhD, including short intensive courses in RNA and infection biology taught by faculty from the HIRI and the University of Würzburg as well as opportunities to present their work at international conferences.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Competitive applicants will exhibit the following:

  • Academic degree (MSc or equivalent) in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, bioinformatics, bioengineering, or a related field
  • Strong academic and scientific track record
  • Dedication to work at the interface of RNA and infection biology
  • Good English communication and presentation skills (written and spoken)
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Highly self-motivated and enthusiastic

Application Process

The HZI Graduate School as well as the HIRI Graduate Program support gender balance. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply. With equal professional qualification, disabled applicants will be prioritized.

For further information on the program, check below before contacting Dr. Tim Schnyder at tim.schnyder@helmholtz-hiri.de In case of any problems with the online application system, please contact the Graduate School at HZIGrad.School@helmholtz-hzi.de

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