The Institute for HIV Research is currently seeking two Ph.D. students (Pay grade E13 TV-L / 65% – temporary employment)

The pay grade classification depends on the personal and collective legal requirements. The Employment is provided for the duration of a third-party funded project initially for 36 months. An extension might be possible according to available funding and the maximum employment duration as given by laws regarding scientific fixed-term contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

We are searching for highly motivated, smart and driven students 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 students will have a structured, clearly defined project under the supervision of Prof. 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 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 697 preferably by email to:
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Streeck
Institute for HIV Research
University Hospital Essen
Hufelandstraße 55
D-45147 Essen

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