PhD Position in Biology

University Medical Center Freiburg


PhD Position in Biology
We focus on translational research in the field of immune responses against hepatitis viruses as well as SARS-CoV2 and hepatocellular carcinoma. Our results contribute to a better understanding of human immune responses with implications for therapeutic strategies.
The lab has a focus on translational immunological research. We are particularly interested in the mechanisms regulating T cells in chronic infection, cancer and autoimmune disease, with a focus on understanding T cell exhaustion. The aim of the funded project is to access antigen-specific T-cell responses linked to outcome and pathogenesis of chronic viral infections. Your work will unravel diverging mechanisms of antigen-specific CD8+ T cell adaptation and dysfunction and contribute to a better understanding of human immune responses with implications for therapeutic strategies.
We offer:
  • a translational project in a clinically relevant setting with the possibility to implement your own ideas
  • working in a dedicated interdisciplinary team of biologists and physicians on exciting research topics 
  • possible participation in a graduate program
  • a unique network of excellent partners for continuous support in development of your scientific profile
  • a good working atmosphere in modern laboratories with cutting-edge equipment
  • buddy System for new doctoral researchers
  • participation in a wide range of further training opportunities and participation in (inter)national conferences
  • salaries are based on the German academic standards (TV-L E13, 65 %) with attractive employe benefits, e.g. Jobticket UKF
  • an annual additional payment (Weihnachtsgeld)
  • 30 days of vacation
Your work includes but is not limited to:
  • autonomous processing of research tasks dealing with immune responses in chronic viral infections 
  • working with infectious sample material (S3** lab)
  • application of state-of-the-art and cutting-edge methods of cell and molecular biology including
  • high dimensional FACS and single cell transcriptome analysis 
  • establishing of new methods to elaborate on subsequent research questions
  • presentation of results on regular lab and consortium meetings and (inter)national conferences 
  • supervision of students
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who enjoys translational scientific work in an interdisciplinary and international team.
  • graduation (M. Sc.) in biology, molecular medicine or related subjects preferentially with focus on immunology 
  • strong interest in translational research and human immunology 
  • distinct working autonomy combined with a high capacity for teamwork 
  • a careful and focused working habit 
  • enjoy scientific work
  • awareness of careful documentation
  • ability to work independently and as a part of an international team
  • communication skills in English
  • knowledge in presentation skills

If you are interested, please submit your application in German or English (including CV, a motivation letter and contact details of two references).

University Medical Center Freiburg
Clinic for Internal Medicine II
TEXIMMED2-FR (Translational EXperimental IMmunology lab)
Hugstetter Str. 55, 79106 Freiburg

For further information please contact:

Dr. Catrin Tauber
Allgemeiner Hinweis: Die Vergütung erfolgt nach Tarif. Vollzeitstellen sind grundsätzlich teilbar, soweit dienstliche oder rechtliche Gründe nicht entgegenstehen. Schwerbehinderte Bewerber*innen werden bei gleicher Eignung besonders berücksichtigt. Einstellungen erfolgen durch die Abteilung Personalbetreuung.

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