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PhD position (f/m) as part of the graduate training program RNA and Infection
The Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg is offering
several PhD positions as part of its graduate training program "RNA & Infection"
PhD candidates will have the unique opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research at the interface of RNA and infection
biology. Working on a three-year research project, PhD candidates can select lectures and seminars, participate in
laboratory and soft-skills courses, and attend conferences, symposia and summer schools. Guided by internationally
acclaimed investigators, our program inspires and challenges PhD candidates to develop into independent and highly
qualified scientists. The international program is taught in English and well supported by an integrated network of PhD
students and supervisors. For further information about the program and the HIRI, please visit: www.helmholtz-hiri.de
The Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research is the first research institution worldwide to exclusively
address the role of RNA in infection processes.
Major research topics of the HIRI include
Single-cell RNA analysis of the complexity and heterogeneity of infection processes
Noncoding RNAs with essential roles in pathogenesis
RNA-based mechanisms in virulence and host defense
RNA structure profiling, RNA modifications and RNA localization
Delivery techniques for RNA-based interventions
Exploiting RNA for new diagnostics, preventives and anti-infectives
An above average Master‘s degree or equivalent in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related life science
Solid background knowledge in microbiology, virology, cell biology, pathogen-host-interaction, RNA biology,
single cell analysis, bioinformatics and biochemistry
Good English communication and presentation skills (written and spoken)
Intercultural communication skills
A strong desire to do research with high self-motivation and enthusiasm
Early 2019 - initial term 1 year, extension of 2 years possible
Alike TVöD 13 (60 %)
Place of work:
Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI)
Josef-Schneider-Straße 2 / D15, 97080 Würzburg, Germany
Since the Helmholtz Graduate School/HIRI Graduate Program supports gender balance, women are explicitly
encouraged to apply. With equal professional qualification, severely disabled persons will be prioritized.