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10 PhD positions (f/m/d) | Infectious diseases and immunology


The International Max Planck Research School for Infectious Diseases and Immunology (IMPRS-IDI) is recruiting up to 10 PhD students (m/f/d) for projects at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Freie Universität, the Technische Universität and the German Rheumatism Research Centre in Berlin. 

We offer

  • outstanding research and training opportunities with access to state-of-the-art facilities
  • an excellent scientific network - our faculty members are internationally recognized scientists affiliated with renowned research institutes and universities in Berlin and around the world
  • a prestigious graduate school program with a project-adapted curriculum (training courses, lectures etc on scientific, technical and complementary skill topics) and a strong PhD student community
  • a stimulating international and multi-disciplinary research environment on thriving campus locations in Berlin 

The following PhD projects are available and will start between May and December 2023

  • Innate immune recognition in the gastrointestinal epithelium – Organoids as host model (Bartfeld lab)
  • Role of ILC3 and ILC3-derived effector molecules for metabolic adaptation during pregnancy (Diefenbach lab) 
  • Elucidating the impact of climate on the seasonal dynamics of respiratory viruses (Domenech de Cellès lab)
  • Deciphering the mechanisms of innate immune responses using Drosophila melanogaster as a model (Iatsenko lab)
  • Within-person evolution of the human microbiome (Key lab)
  • How endomembrane remodeling controls immune signaling from endosomes. (Majer lab)
  • Mechanisms of adaptation in proofreading impaired large DNA viruses (Osterrieder lab)
  • Plasmodium falciparum variant surface antigens (VSAs), antibodies and poor cytoadhesion promoting asymptomatic persistence of malaria parasites. (Portugal lab)
  • Adaptive NK cell responses in infection and tumours (Romagnani lab)
  • Molecular dynamics of Innate Immune protein condensates (Taylor lab)

We are looking for

  • creative, highly motivated and talented candidates of all nationalities and backgrounds who are truly committed to research
  • applicants must have an excellent M.Sc. or equivalent degree 
  • candidates from biological disciplines including biophysics, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, infection biology, immunology, microbiology, genetics, genomics, evolutionary biology, medical biotechnology, bioinformatics or closely related disciplines are encouraged to apply. For some projects, candidates with a strong background in a quantitative discipline (e.g. mathematics, statistics, physics) or computer science are sought – please check the project descriptions for individual skill requirements on our website

Interested in joining us?

To apply, please submit your application via our online application platform until October 31st 2022

For more information on the projects and application process, please check the IMPRS-IDI website.

Contact: IMPRS-IDI Coordination Office ()


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