2 PhD positions in Virology/Microbiology/Phage Biology (f/m)

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

Neuherberg bei München, Bavaria, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Virology

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Starting date:


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 research focus in our lab is on the interaction of bacteria and viruses (phages).  As pioneers in the development of “metaviromics” which involves isolating and sequencing the RNA/DNA from all of the viruses in sample directly, we query 'wild' viral populations to identify important hypotheses that can be evaluated using model-system approaches (Deng et al, Nature, 2014). We also employ sing-cell assays to investigate questions that are critical for modeling and predicting the impacts of phage-host interactions.

We are seeking two highly motivated PhD students for the newly funded ERC project to develop phage therapy, which utilizes phages or phage-derived inhibitors as natural ways to fight antibiotic resistance.

2 PhD positions in Virology/Microbiology/Phage Biology (f/m)

Job description

The successful applicants will be involved in the development and the use of new methods and tools for illustrating bacteriophages infecting antibiotic resistance bacteria, including

isolating, handling, analyzing phages on antibiotic resistance bacteriastuding the phage-host interaction using proteomic tools and validating in vitro and in vivo

Your qualifications

Master in virology, microbiology, molecular biology, (environmental) genomics, microbial ecology or a related field Experience in any of the following areas: viral genomics, metagenomics, NGS, proteomicsFluency in English both spoken and writtenExperience with flow cytometers is advantageous

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 3 years with the option of a further year extension.

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.

Please send your electronic application (in English) in a single PDF file – including CV and a complete list of publications, statement of research interests, and at least two reference letters.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2019/0012