Our mission as research center: Discover personalized medical solutions for environmentally triggered diseases to promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

The Institute of Virology is seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate (f/m/x) for our ERC funded project to develop the next generation of phage therapeutics to fight antibiotic resistant pathogens. In contrast to the classical approaches commonly used in phage research, we are using single-cell technologies, multi-omics methods, culture-independent techniques, and machine learning to study phages and their interaction with the bacterial and human host for developing novel therapeutics. Ultimately, we are aiming to develop personalized phage-based treatments against infections by multi-resistant bacteria and for manipulating the human microbiome in dysbiosis associated diseases.

PhD in developing novel antibacterials (f/m/x) 101598

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Your mission

  • Use cutting-edge technologies in our lab to develop phage particles, phage-derived peptides, and metabolites against anaerobic and aerobic target bacteria, as well as
  • Study the phage-host interactions on both community and single-cell levels

Your qualifications

  • Recent master in microbiology, molecular biology or a related field
  • Experience with at least two of the following: drug discovery, culturomics, gene editing, flowcytometry, and single-cell methods
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Basic R programming skills
  • Basic statistical skills using R or Prisms

What we offer you

scientific training at HELENA Graduate School
work-life balance
flexible working hours & time off in lieu
30 days annual leave
on-site health management service
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Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and world-leading research institutions it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

This position also provides the opportunity for you to build specialist knowledge and collect significant professional experience, both of which will help advance your scientific career.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of granting an allowance if the necessary conditions are fulfilled. The position is (initially) limited to three years, but under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

To promote diversity, we welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we require further documents from you regarding the recognition of the degree. Please request the recognition as early as possible.

If you have further questions, simply contact Mohammadali Khan Mirzaei,, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institute of Virology
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1 

85764 Oberschleißheim

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