PhD Positions in Microbiology and Infection Medicine
University of Tubingen Faculty of Science

2 PhD positions (m/f/d; E 13 TV-L, 50%)

Faculty of Science / Faculty of Medicine, Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine (IMIT)

Application deadline : 10.05.2021

At the Infection Biology Department at the University of Tübingen – Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine (IMIT) are 

2 PhD positions (m/f/d; E 13 TV-L, 50%)

available starting from 1 July 2021 for three years.

Within the framework of the current Cluster of Excellence – Controlling Microbes to Fight Infection and the German Center of Infection Research (DZIF), Dr. Simon Heilbronner is recruiting 2 PhD students for his research group ( 

The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus colonizes the anterior nares of humans and causes significant morbidity and mortality when asymptomatic colonization turns into invasive infection. In the age of antibiotic resistance, prevention of and alternative strategies to treat infection are of highest importance. The proposed projects will investigate molecular processes of bacterial pathogen physiology, as well as pathogen-host and pathogen-microbiome interactions. Using metagenome sequencing and analysis combined with wet-lab microbiology and immunology approaches, the projects will i) decipher microbial adaptation processes in complex, host-associated habitats, and ii) help explore novel preventive and therapeutic strategies to fight staphylococcal infection. 

The projects will be integrated into the existing framework of the Infection Biology Department ( We are offering state of the art working conditions in a highly motivated team as well as complementary training in the Interfaculty Graduate School for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Tübingen.

Successful candidates should be interested in molecular aspects of bacterial physiology, microbe-host and microbe-microbe interactions. Skills in bacterial genetics, biochemistry, cell biology and immunology are required, and the use of laboratory animals must be tolerated. Additional basic knowledge of programming languages and linux would be favorable. We are expecting the openness to work in a multicultural team, the ability to conduct experiments independently and a proactive attitude in the development and implementation of new techniques.

How to apply:

Please send your CV (including scientific background and technical skills), a short motivation letter and the names of two referees as a combined PDF file until 10 May 2021 to

Send application to 
Dr. Simon Heilbronner 
University of Tübingen
Infection Biology
Auf der Morgenstelle 28
72076 Tübingen 

The university seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women academics to apply for these positions. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. 

The employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.

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