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Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) - Graduate Training Program “RNA & Infection”

Employer
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Location
Würzburg
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Discipline
Life Science
Job Type
PhD Position
Employment - Hours
Part time
Duration
Fixed term
Qualification
Masters
Sector
Academia

Job Details

Area of research:

PHD Thesis


Part-Time Suitability:

The position is suitable for part-time employment.


Starting date:

08.12.2023


Job description:Area of research:

The 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 on the role RNA plays in pathogens and infected hosts. Our ultimate goal is to leverage the vast potential of RNA as a diagnostic, target, and drug to combat infectious diseases, such as those caused by SARS-CoV-2 or multidrug-resistant bacteria. Examples include developing new single-cell technologies as well as RNA-seq and CRISPR-based methodologies to visualize and interrogate infection processes.

The HIRI Graduate Training Program “RNA & Infection” was launched in 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 three lab rotations. An individual match-making process ensures students find the right supervisor and project. Our students also receive structured mentoring and training throughout their PhD, including short intensive courses in RNA and infection biology, annual scientific retreats, and opportunities to present at international conferences.

Prerequisite:

Competitive applicants will exhibit the following:

  • Academic degree (MSc or equivalent) in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, bioinformatics, bioengineering, biotechnology, 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, enthusiastic and high potential to work independently
  • The position is suitable for part-time work. The HZI/HIRI strives for professional equality between women and men. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply. People with severe disabilities and equivalent professional qualifications who are suitable for the position are given preference.

    What we offer:

  • state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge technologies, interdisciplinary collaborations
  • a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible working hours, a parent-child room and regular social activities
  • close ties to both Würzburg University and the HZI offering a unique network of excellent partners to support your research endeavor
  • 30 days annual leave, a gratuity before Christmas, health insurance and social security (corresponding to § 20 TVöD)
  • Salary:alike TVöD/Bund E13 (65%)

    This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.

    Company

    The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

    The profile of the Helmholtz Association

    The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

    Promoting young academics

    Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
    Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

    The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

    Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

    The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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