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Microbiology PhD project: Elucidating the role of glycan-binding lectins in infections of ESKAPE bacterial pathogens - from molecular microbiology to clinical research

Project Description

We have an opening for 1 PhD student in a joint research project between the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS, Saarbrücken, Germany - a branch of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research) and Saarland Medical University (UKS, Homburg, Germany). The project on the glyco- and infection biology of a neglected Gram-negative bacterium (biosafety 2 level) spans from molecular microbiology/genetic engineering and biofilm experiments (confocal light scanning microscopy) to the analysis of clinical isolates, patient samples and the establishment of an animal infection model (mouse). The position is funded for 3 years (50%, TV-L E13) and begins between 10/2019 and 02/2020. Further information on the two research groups of JProf. Dr. Titz ( and Prof. Dr. Bischoff ( can be found online. A third project partner is the UKS Neonatal Unit of Prof. Zemlin (
The ideal candidate has a MSc degree in Biology (or related) with previous MSc thesis research expertise in microbiology. Willingness to routinely work under biosafety S2 level and with mice is mandatory.
Applications must be addressed by EMAIL in parallel to both email addresses ( and ) and contain 1 single PDF file with all relevant documents (motivation letter, CV, A-level/BSc/MSc diplomas, if applicable transcripts of records and names of 2 references). Applications will be continuously reviewed until the position has been filled.

Funding Notes

All students holding an MSc or an equivalent degree at the time of employment are eligible; EU and non-EU nationals eligible.

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