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Doctoral Candidate (PhD Position m/f) (106/17)

closing date
October 30, 2017
start of work
hours of work
Teilzeit 50%

Our offer

Founded in 1891, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is one of the world's oldest biomedical research institutions.

Today, the RKI is Germany's national public health institute. It employs more than 1,100 people, provides excellent research infrastructure and pursues a modern approach to its scientific work.

We are offering the following position in our Junior Research Group JRG 2 “Metabolism of Microbial Pathogens” for a

Doctoral Candidate (PhD Position m/f)
(50%, public sector wage scale TVöD grade 13)

for a fixed term of two years with the option of extension for a third year.
The position is part-time to allow an opportunity for independent research dedicated to completion of doctoral work. The position will be available immediately.

Berlin offers a wide range of PhD programs providing weekly talks by international speakers and many opportunities to interact with fellow students. The position is equipped with travel funds and one student research assistant.

Job Title

Doctoral Candidate


Chronic infections with bacterial, fungal and parasite pathogens that evade current medical treatments are a mounting problem for the public health. Toxoplasma gondii causes untreatable chronic infections in 30% of humans world-wide. We use this protozoan as a model to investigate metabolic mechanisms that enable persistence and to identify novel intervention strategies. The PhD project aims to complement population-based metabolomic analyses with single cell-resolved microscopic data.

  • In vitro cultivation of T. gondii parasites and reverse genetic manipulation of T. gondii parasites (CRISPR, knock-out, knock-in)
  • Life - cell imaging, molecular biology methods
  • Publication and presentation of research results.

Your profile

  • A completed university degree (Masters, Diploma, Honours) in the field of life sciences, preferably biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or biophysics, which qualifies you to complete a PhD
  • Previous exposure to life - cell imaging, respective data analysis and molecular biological methods are advantageous
  • Solid skills in MS-Office applications or equivalent are required; knowledge in ImageJ and scripting are welcome
  • Required language skills (CEFR-level): advanced knowledge of English (at least C1). Although no German skills are required, applicants will be encouraged to develop such skills to maximize their integration into our institute.

You should have a proven interest in metabolism. You are also able to independently formulate scientific questions and develop experimental approaches. You have the ability to quickly take up new tasks and work independently with appropriate supervision to meet objectives. You’re open-minded and seize opportunities to network within and outside the institute.

The RKI is located in Berlin – Germany's vibrant, multicultural capital in the heart of Europe. The Institute's facilities are set in the environment of a clean, green city that is home to first class art, historical and science museums and well-known theatres. Public transit links to other districts and the surrounding countryside are excellent.

The RKI offers flexible work hours and terms of employment that promote in as far as possible employee life-work balance. Education and training are also provided based on employee needs. The RKI also has a comprehensive health maintenance program and assists incoming staff members and their families in settling in their new location.

The RKI is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Application procedure

Submit your application via the public service job portal Interamt at by 30 October 2017. Please note the position identification number: 409990 (StellenID)/Kz. 106/17.