PhD student (m/f/d)

Your Job Duties and Responsibilities
Your project will focus on Leishmania parasites and its interaction with human myeloid hostcells. Living parasites, escape degradation in phagolysosomal compartments after phagocytosis by macrophages. Dead parasites are degraded in the intracellular autophagy-like compartments. You will investigate these mechanisms and their consequences for the parasite and the human immune system.


Your Education and Experience
• University degree (Master) in Biology or a related field of study
• Experience in cell culture, microscopy and molecular biology
• Secure handling of Microsoft Office, databases and modern data communications
• Good English language skills, both written and spoken
• Strong interest in Immunology, Cell biology and Parasitology
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team

• Ability for interdisciplinary cooperation

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organisation Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
department Immunology
location Rhine-Main area (Frankfurt) , Germany

Our Working Conditions
A stable, multifaceted, and challenging position centrally located in the Rhine-Main area (Frankfurt) with good public transport connections. Being an employer in the German public service, we offer the usual social benefits.

The position is limited is limited to 3 years. Part-time working is possible in principle. The payband is E 13 TVöD (50 %). The assignment to a payband is made based on the consideration of your individual professional experience. Disabled candidates will be given preference if their skills and qualifications are equivalent to those of non-disabled candidates. The Paul-Ehrlich-Institute encourages gender equality and work-life-balance. For this purpose, we have various employment models to offer including flexible working hours (part-time, homeoffice, no core time), child care facilities and various opportunities for further professional training.

We look forward to receiving your online application (motivation letter, CV, reference letters) via our application portal by September 1, 2019 indicating JobID 390.

Please contact Ms Luz (telephone: +49 6103/77-1602) or Prof. Dr. G. van Zandbergen (telephone +49 6103/77-2009) for further Information.

Please note that the German Federal Ministry of Health will in some cases (if required) be  authorised to inspect your application documents (Section 6 (1), No. C, General Data Protection  Regulation (GDPR) in connection with Section 2 (1) Gemeinsame Geschäftsordnung der  Bundesministerien (joint rules of procedure of the federal ministries), and Article 65 of the  German Constitution (Grundgesetz, Fundmental Law) to ensure a staff selection which fulfils its  purpose and is in the interest of all parties involved. Your data will be erased immediately after the application procedure has been completed.

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About the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

We are a senior federal authority responsible for vaccines and biomedicines that performs scientific research in the field of life sciences. Our institute networks with national and international players, which makes it a competent partner for the general public, science, medicine, politics and economics.

The research group of the Division of Immunology investigates the cell biology of infected human primary immune cells. We focus on intracellular pathogens such as Leishmania and Chlamydia and investigate their different evasion strategies as well as innate and adaptive immune responses.

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