PhD candidate (f/m/diverse) for an EU project on microbiome encoded effector proteins

Helmholtz-Center München - German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU) - HMGU - Helmholtz Association

Neuherberg bei München, Bavaria, Germany

Work group:

Network Biology

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Starting date:


Contract time limit:


Job description:

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

The Institute of Network Biology – INET – is a leading institute in protein-interaction network analysis. Our research aims to understand the principles and molecular mechanisms of protein network function, and of how perturbations, e.g. by microbes or molecular signals, result in altered responses. Our vision is that an understanding of natural network perturbations will facilitate their targeted modulation for applications in medicine and bio economy. The Institute uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines high-throughput experiments and mechanistic studies, with computational analyses that include graph theory, statistics, machine learning, comparative genomics and quantitative modeling.

At the next possible time the INET is looking for a highly motivated

PhD candidate (f/m/diverse) for an EU project on microbiome encoded effector proteins

Job Description
We recently started an international EU project on the role of diet-dependent human microbiome encoded protein effectors in modulating health.

For this project we are seeking a PhD student interested in experimental microbe-host interaction analysis using an automated HT high-quality Y2H mapping pipeline.

Succesfull candidates are also interested in further developing biochemical validation assays and working in close colaboration with our bioinformaticians at the institute and within the EU consortium.

Your Qualifications
Strong background in biological sciences like biology, biochemistry or comparable is expected
- Experience with biochemical protein assays would be advantageous
- Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to collaborate effectively with a diverse multidisciplinary and multicultural team are necessary
- A proactive and independent thinking open personality devoted to science and motivated to search for innovative research solutions would fit into our research team
- Self-responsibility and indepency are required

Our Offer
At the Helmholtz Zentrum München, you can contribute together with leading researchers to the investigation of the development, prevention and treatment of environmental diseases such as diabetes, chronic lung diseases and allergies. In order to further promote your professional development, we offer extensive and targeted research training and career programmes. We support the reconciliation between work and private life with flexible working time models, occupational health management, day care facility for children, a childcare subsidy, Elder Care, as well as other counseling and support services.

Remuneration and benefits are in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of granting an allowance amounting to 15% if the necessary conditions are fulfilled.

The position is (initially) limited to three years.

The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. Applications from women are welcome. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates/references) until January 4th 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2018/0548