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The International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2290


funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German research foundation) and the Australian National University (ANU) invites applications for

18 doctoral research positions

(11 positions at the Humboldt University (HU) in Berlin starting 1st Sept 2020
7 positions the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra starting 1st January 2021)

The IRTG2290 is a joint Australian-German PhD program on Malaria research offering research-oriented education and career development resources. It is an interdisciplinary research union bringing together scientists from Biology, Computation and Medicine in order to tackle the challenges in malaria research. We aim at training independent, innovative and interdisciplinary young scientists equipped with state-of-the-art technical and analytical skills as well as with professional competency and networks in order to become global players in their field.

The IRTG2290 was inaugurated in 2017 and is now seeking talented and highly motivated young scientists to be part of the 2nd cohort starting an exciting and interdisciplinary project in one of the program’s research areas:

  1. Nutrient uptake and metabolism
  2. Parasite genetics and adaptations
  3. Immune responses
  4. Host genetics and Responses

The program offers

  • A state-of-the-art, structured and customized curriculum including lectures, colloquia, tutorials, workshops tailored for a PhD in malaria research
  • 1-year research visits at the partner university
  • A dual PhD degree from both universities
  • Joint supervision
  • Access to practical and soft skill courses offered by both universities
  • Annual joint retreats
  • Travel expenses, material costs and supplemental funding for families and child care are covered according to DFG or ANU guidelines, respectively


  • Very good MA degree or equivalent degree in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, Theoretical Biology, Mathematics, (Bio-) Physics, Bioinformatics
  • Willingness to conduct and manage a collaborative research project between HU and ANU including a mandatory 1-year research stay at the partner university
  • Commitment to take part in a structured study program and a comprehensive research agenda
  • Very good English skills
  • Interest in Malaria Research

Applications must be written in English and must be conducted via our registration platform.
They should include the following documents:

  • Personal information
  • Information on education, awards/scholarships, publications
  • Certified copies of undergraduate diplomas (BSc, MSc), including transcripts of records and of other qualifications
  • Statement on research interests and a letter of motivation
  • Address of two potential referees (university faculty members)
  • Proof of English language skills
    - Please see here for English language requirements for ANU admission
    - For more information on accepted circumstances or tests and scores see here

We especially encourage international applications. As the HU and the ANU aim to increase the number of female researchers, we expressly encourage women to apply.

Registration deadline

15th March 2020

Please register via our online application tool.

For further information on the IRTG research and study program, please visit us on or contact [email protected]


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