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Doctoral Candidate (PhD) Position in the Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses (RIZ)

At the Institute of Physiological Chemistry of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover the research group "RNA-VIRT" within the Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses (RIZ) is inviting applications for a


Doctoral Candidate (PhD) Position


beginning April 2018 within the project "Comparative analysis of innate and adaptive immune responses in different host species".


The research group examines the differential pathogenesis of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Japanese encephalitis (JE) viruses in various host species with the aim to identify host-specific, natural protective mechanisms. Molecular and immune-regulated host responses in various species susceptible to flavivirus infection will be systematically compared.


The tasks to be performed include sample acquisition, serum and blood cell preparation from whole blood samples, serological assays, such as ELISA, nucleic acid isolation, PCR, molecular cloning, cell culture, recombinant protein expression, virus infection assays and data analysis.


Requirements are a completed university degree in veterinary medicine or a diploma or Master of Science degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedicine or a comparable discipline, as well as very good English skills. Experience in biomedical or veterinary research, molecular biology or virology is explicitly desired. Readiness to work with infectious agents of safety levels S2 and S3 is mandatory.


The employment is temporary and will be compensated at 65% working time. Depending on qualification, the salary will be based on pay grade 13 or 14 TV-L. Disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration in the case of equal qualification.


Applications including all relevant documents should be submitted as a single pdf file by 21.01.2018 to E-Mail.

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