PhD – Student

The University Hospital Essen is a pace setter for first-rate-medical services in the Ruhr metropolis. Every year, 225.000 patients are treated here in 27 clinics, 23 institutes and specialized centers. The over 6.000 employees offer medical care with state-of-the art diagnostics and therapies that live up to the highest international standards. Medical practice is interwoven with scientific research, directly benefiting patients who can be certain that they will receive the latest available therapies.


The Institute for HIV Research is currently seeking a

Ph.D. student

(Pay grade E13 TV-L / 65% – temporary employment)


We are searching for a highly motivated, smart and driven student with an excellent academic record in a natural scientific field, preferably with background knowledge in immunology and/or virology. Candidates should have a high degree of self-motivation, flexibility, excellent command of written and spoken English, the ability to work independently and the willingness for experimental animal work. Previous experience with flow cytometry, cell sorting, cell culture, qPCR and cloning is highly desirable. The PhD student will have a structured, clearly defined project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. H. Streeck. We are offering the possibility to award the doctoral degree in relation to the special field for example Dr. rer. nat. or Dr. rer. medic.


The recently founded Institute for HIV Research pursues new research strategies for HIV treatment and cure and for the development of a prophylactic HIV vaccine. A key aspect in this context is the role of CD4 T-cell responses during an HIV infection with a special emphasis on how these reactions can be harnessed for vaccine development.


Our group has several international collaborations and the applicant will be part of a dynamic team using innovative, state-of-the-art techniques with the possibility for extensive educational training.


The position will be occupied for a total of 3 years. The pay grade classification depends on the personal and collective legal requirements.


The University Duisburg-Essen aims at promoting the diversity of its members (see It aims at increasing the share of female faculty members and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Women with equal qualifications will, in accordance with state equality legislation, be given priority unless there are preponderant reasons to give preference to another applicant. Secondary employment for university employees is regulated as per the laws of North-Rhine Westphalia. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply (see § 2 para. 3 SGB IX) and with equal qualification will be given priority.


Please send your complete application documents including cover letter and CV with reference to the tender number       preferably by email to:

or mail to:

Universitätsklinikum Essen


Hufelandstraße 55

45147 Essen