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 2 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 5 research groups with international scientists and staff and is looking for a postdoc as immediate support for the microscopic and cell biological analyses of inflammatory and cell-death related processes of intracellular infections in the BSL2 / BSL3 laboratory.

Postdoc for microscopic imaging and cell analyses of inflammatory and cell death-related processes (m/f/x) 101700

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Your responsibilities

  • Establishment, implementation and further development of imaging and cell-based analysis of intracellular infections with airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 in cell culture and preclinical models through state-of-the-art imaging and cell analysis techniques as well as molecular biology methods
  • Perform imaging analyses using life cell imaging and confocal microscopy, as well as cell analyses using flow cytometry and cell sorting
  • Application of molecular biological methods to study cell death-related and inflammatory cellular processes during intracellular infections.
  • Supervision of collaborative projects
  • Management of data output
  • 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, advanced imaging techniques and microscopic analysis as well as cell analysis and sorting within biomedical research
  • Experience in the field of cell death and inflammation
  • Know-How 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

Desirable, but not absolutely required:

  • Prior experience in working within biosafety level 3 areas

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 to 2 years, until 31.07.2024, 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, +49 89 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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