Open positions

PhD student positions and stipends for medical students in Infection Biology

PhD positions are available in the Research Training Group „Humans and Microbes“ (RTG 2771, funded by DFG) for 3 to 4 years (3 years plus option for up to one year extension) with a salary of 65% E13 TV-L/TV-AVH (German civil service salary scale). In addition stipends for medical students are available with a duration of 12 months (see further down for details).

PhD positions in following research projects are available:

(1) Control of Yersinia translocon activity and immune recognition
(2) Interplay between Yersinia enterocolitica and the autophagosomal/lysosomal system in epithelial host cells and organoids
(3) Characterisation of Fic-enzyme targets from Legionella
(4) Proteome-based analysis of Borrelia phagosome compaction
(5) Dissecting the trafficking events leading to herpesvirus secondary envelopment
(6) Role of importin-α7 in influenza A virus ribonucleoprotein complex assembly and nuclear trafficking
(7) Investigation of the BK-Virus life cycle and antiviral mechanisms of BKV specific inhibitors in human primary cells and kidney organoids
(8) Key determinants in vesicular trafficking in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum
(9) Spatiotemporal dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid interactome

Applicants should have an excellent scientific degree (Master’s degree or equivalent in biology, biochemistry, microbiology or a related subject), be highly motivated, and have a strong interest in the broad range of topics and techniques in cellular and molecular infection biology. Applications are to be submitted as email attachment (one PDF file) to and need to contain:

  • Letter of motivation that also states three out of the nine Humans and Microbes projects you are most interested in
  • CV including 2 references
  • Certificates (University entrance, qualification, BSc, and MSc)
  • Abstract of Master thesis (1 page) with summary of experimental skills
  • List of publications (if applicable)

The RTG2771 promotes the professional equality between women and men. Especially women and persons with family commitments are encouraged to apply. Handicapped applicants will be preferred in otherwise similar qualification, competence and professional performance.

Stipends for medical students:

We offer four MD scholarships each year for carrying out a MD thesis in our RTG 2771. Scholarships are open to medical students who successfully completed the First Section of the Medical Exam and include:

  • 12 months experimental research (full time, pause of studies!)
  • Intensive supervision by experienced group leaders
  • Participation in the RTG 2771 curriculum
  • monthly stipend of 961 €

Requests for additional information can be addressed to Dr. Katja Giersch (, Dr. Dorthe Labonté ( or to Prof. Martin Aepfelbacher (