PhD Collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Saúde (INS) in Mozambique

The Institute for HIV Research at the University Hospital Essen, University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany in collaboration with the National Institute of Health of Mozambique seeks a PhD student in the field of HIV immunology and HIV vaccine design. In particular, the project will focus on the role T follicular helper cells in HIV vaccine design, currently a highly hot topic in HIV vaccine research. The particular project will be structured as such that after an initial 3 months training period, the student will perform scientific experiments in the home country. The German based PhD supervision, Prof. Dr. Hendrik Streeck, will work in partnership with the country home institution, will visit the Mozambique frequently and will weekly have skype calls with the PhD student. The PhD degree will be earned after a defense in Germany in English.

The candidates must be linked to a scientific institute or university in the country and present a PhD project proposal co-supervised by supervisors at the home institute and the Institute for HIV Research, and at the university that is awarding the PhD degree. The PhD candidate will be selected after a competitive procedure based on the evaluation of academic merit, a PhD project proposal (concept note) and the quality and relevance of the proposed project.  The doctoral research project will typically last four years. The scholarships are of the ‘sandwich’ type; meaning that the student will spend the doctoral research time partly in the home institute/country and partly at the Institute for HIV Research.