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 focuses on experimental approaches to combat human pathogens, including the airborne SARS coronavirus-2, which causes COVID-19, a potentially very severe infectious disease. It is largely unclear what underlying factors influence disease progression, and the events of the past 3 years have shown that we urgently and compellingly need a deeper understanding of pathogens that can trigger pandemics.

To this end, the Institute of Virology at Helmholtz Munich is engaged in basic virological research to define therapeutic targets, develop antiviral drugs, develop a better understanding of the immune response to viruses and to vaccines, as well as to the pathological effects of infection on the respiratory organs, the immunopathogenesis of viral infections, and the influence of pre-existing diseases on the clinical picture.

Our team at the Munich-Neuherberg site consists of five research groups with international scientists and staff and is looking for a postdoc (f/m/x) as immediate support for the development of new antivirals and mass spectrometry analysis for target profiling of newly developed drug candidates in the BSL2 / BSL3 laboratory.

Postdoc for antiviral drug development and mass spectrometry analysis in BSL2 and BSL3 laboratory (f/m/x) 101812

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Your responsibilities

  • Establishment, execution and further development of cell-based antiviral drug screenings with various pathogens with pandemic potential such as SARS-CoV-2, Dengue and other RNA viruses by means of cell culture and preclinical models using state-of-the-art cell analysis methods
  • Establishment, execution and further development of click-chemistry-based target molecule analyses of antiviral drug candidates using mass spectrometric methods
  • Bioinformatic evaluation of large data sets from mass spectrometric analysis methods
  • Application of molecular biological methods and establishment and performance of imaging analyses using live cell imaging and confocal microscopy for target molecule profiling of antiviral drug candidates
  • Training and supervision of other team members

Your qualifications

  • Master's degree (M.Sc.) in biological sciences (biology, biochemistry, biomedicine or similar)
  • Completed doctorate in natural sciences
  • Experience in molecular biology and virology
  • Advanced experience in mass spectrometry analysis as well as bioinformatics and computational analysis of big data within biomedical research
  • Experience in handling infectious agents and genetically modified organisms
  • Excellent communication skills in German and English
  • Strong teamwork, communication and organizational skills
  • Independent, goal-oriented and diligent work style
  • Strong sense of responsibility
  • Strong capacity for analytical thinking

Desirable, but not absolutely required:

  • Prior experience in working within biosafety level 3 areas
  • Prior experience in drug development as well as drug design

What we offer you

work-life balance
flexible working hours & working-time models
continuous education and training
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.

Provided that the prerequisites are fulfilled, a salary level up to E 13 is possible. Social benefits are based on the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD). The position is (initially) limited until June 30, 2024, 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 Regina Geiger, 089 3187-3004, 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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