Postdoctoral position: “Countering CRISPR-based gene drives” (f, m, d)

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)

Würzburg, Germany

Work group:


Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Starting date:

As early as October 1

Contract time limit:

Initial funding ends May, 2021, although longer-term funding will be sought.

Job description:

Area of research:

The RSYN research group focuses on characterizing and harnessing CRISPR-Cas systems toward better understanding, diagnosing, and treating human infections. The postdoc will participate on an active DARPA project developing countermeasures against CRISPR-based gene drives. The project involves developing various RNA-based countermeasure strategies to inhibit CRISPR nucleases and validating these strategies in cell-free systems, bacteria, and yeast. The project also involves a close collaboration implementing these strategies in mosquitos.



Your profile/qualifications:

PhD or equivalent in biology, microbiology, genomics, engineering, or a related field Highly motivated and independent Strong written and spoken English language communication skills 

Desired (non-essential) background:

Previous experience in synthetic biology, yeast genetics, CRISPR technologies, and/or RNA design Familiar with advanced cloning techniques (e.g. Golden Gate assembly, Gibson assembly)

Our range/offer:

We offer compensation according to TVöD and varied activities on an international team. The hiring is through the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research GmbH in Braunschweig. The place of employment is Würzburg. Disabled applicants will be preferred, given they possess equal professional qualifications. Equal opportunities are part of our personnel policy – qualified women are especially invited to apply. The position is suitable for a part-time employment.

Starting date: As early as October 1, 2019. Initial funding ends May, 2021, although  longer-term funding will be sought.

Remuneration: E 14 TVöD / Bund

Workplace: Würzburg

Probation: 6 months

Application deadline: 1 September, 2019

Salary:E 14 TVöD / Bund

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Job announcement No. 74/2019