The ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence places strong emphasis on the support of early careers and gender equality. Our four-layered Promotion Concept for graduate students, post docs, young investigators and group leaders will be supported by our special funding program and will provide exciting new career opportunities that will be further shaped through interactions with our local and international partners.

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PhD student positions (m/f/d) (65%)

The Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation2 is inviting applications for PhD students at the Bonn Graduate School of Immunosciences and Infection.
Positions are initially limited to three years with the possibility of extension.

ImmunoSensation2 is a Cluster of Excellence funded by Germany’s Excellence Strategy at the University of Bonn. Participating scientists are dedicated to investigating innate immunity beyond the boundaries of classical immunology.
In a joint effort, immunologists, neurobiologists, systems biologists and mathematicians of the University of Bonn and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) of the Helmholtz Association aim to connect the status of the immune system, the metabolism and the nervous system to disease states. ImmunoSensation2 is embedded into the outstanding research environment of the University of Bonn, the University Hospital and the DZNE. Furthermore, ImmunoSensation2 is internationally connected and maintains research partnerships with Australia (Melbourne University), Japan (Osaka University, Waseda University, Kyoto University) and the Netherlands (Radboud University, Nijmegen).
Students will have the opportunity to receive additional financial support to participate in an official student exchange program (3 to 6 months) with selected principal investigators at these partner universities.

PhD students will be admitted to the Bonn International Graduate School Immunosciences and Infection. In this structured PhD program, students gain experience with state-of-the-art technologies and become part of a vibrant scientific network and an internationally competitive scientific training program.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and team-oriented with a strong interest in immunology, a first-class academic degree in a life science-related discipline (Master’s degree or equivalent), a strong background in molecular biomedicine, molecular biology, biochemistry or cell biology and enthusiasm for working in the highly-competitive field of innate immunity research. Candidates should have strong communicative skills (fluent spoken and written English) since these are necessary for work in an international research landscape.

We offer:

  • The salary will be according to the German salary scale TV-L (EG 13)
  • A “Jobticket” (subsidized public transport) is available
  • There is also a possibility to use the day care center
  • Supplementary benefits in the public sector (pension plan according to VBL)

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a familyfriendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

Topics and research groups: 

  1. Spatio-temporal sensing and regulation of immune cell chemotaxis 
    Dr. Thomas Quast and Prof. Waldemar Kolanus, LIMES Institute 
  2. Targeting the cytosolic RNA receptor RIG-I in the context of cancer immunotherapy,
    Dr. Marcel Renn, Institute for Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacology

Read full project descriptions  here.

Applicants should send their application in a single pdf file (max. 5 MB) including motivation letter, CV, scanned academic degrees, list of publications and the contact details of two references.
More detailed information will be provided during the recruitment process. 
Please send your application by email using the reference number 192_2019 to the Cluster Coordination Office to and also indicate the project that you are interested in:

Dr. rer. nat. Catherine Drescher
Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation2
University Hospital Bonn
Sigmund-Freud-Str. 25
53127 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0)228/287-51286
Email: catherine.drescher(at)ukbonn.de

Data Scientists in Bioinformatics (m/f/d) (100%),

Two positions are available.

The positions are initially limited to three years with the possibility of extension. 

ImmunoSensationis a Cluster of Excellence funded by Germany’s Excellence Strategy at theUniversity of Bonn. Its scientists are dedicated to investigating innate immunity beyond the boundaries of classical immunology. In a joint effort, immunologists, neurobiologists, systems biologists and mathematicians from the University of Bonn and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) of the Helmholtz Association aim to investigate the status of the immune system, the metabolism and the nervous system connect in health and disease. ImmunoSensationis embedded in the outstanding research environment of the University of Bonn, the University Hospital and the DZNE. Furthermore, ImmunoSensationis internationally connected and maintains research partnerships with Australia (Melbourne University), Japan (Osaka University, Waseda University, Kyoto University) and the Netherlands (Radboud University, Nijmegen).

The announced position will be integrated into the Core Unit for Bioinformatics Data Analysis (CUBA) of the Medical Faculty at the University of Bonn, which provides quantitative and computational analyses, training and consultation for all members of the faculty. CUBA benefits from a shared computing infrastructure and exchange of expertise due to its embedding and liaison with the Institut für Medizinische Biometrie, Informatik und Epidemiologie (IMBIE) and the Institute for Genomic Statistics and Bioinformatics (IGSB). It operates in close collaboration with other core units like the NGS, flow cytometry and mass spectrometry core. The unit aims to establish a platform for computational biology, to facilitate quantitative approaches and to share and offer validated methods, expertise and resources. These methods will continuously evolve according to the needs of collaborators and progress in science to provide state-of-the-art bioinformatics and data analyses.

Your tasks:

  • Analysis and processing of high-volume data sets such as next generation sequencing
  • Design, implementation and application of tailored analysis workflows
  • Statistical analysis and visualization
  • Interaction and collaboration with researchers
    Consultation regarding the planning and design of experiments
    Presentation and reporting of results
    Recommendation of publicly available resources and tools
  • Working in a team with bioinformatic and computational colleagues
  • Selection and adaption of (bioinformatical) methods and tool
  • Training courses and education

Your profile:

  • Master or PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, statistics, mathematics or any other related field
  • Strong expertise in the analysis of next generation sequencing data (NGS), such as single cell genomics, RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq and ATAC-Seq
  • Profound knowledge of statistics, data analysis and visualisation techniques
  • Proficiency in programming, e.g. with R/Bioconductor or Python
  • Experience with Linux and high-performance computing (HPC)
  • Background in molecular biology concepts and an interest in immunology
  • Knowledge of high-throughput image analysis (FACS ImageStream) is considered a plus
  • Good communication and presentation skills and fluency in written and spoken English
  • Team player capable of adapting to a rapidly evolving and interdisciplinary research environment

We offer:

  • Outstanding research opportunities
  • Collaborative work environment
  • Salary according to the German salary scale TV-L (EG 13)
  • Supplementary benefits (e.g. pension plan according to VBL)
  • A “Jobticket” (subsidized public transport)

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

Applicants should send their application in a single pdf file (max. 5 MB), including a motivation letter, CV, scanned academic degrees, a list of publications and the contact details of two references. More information on the scientific projects and project leaders can be found at www.immunosensation.deand information on CUBA can be found at https://cores.ukb.uni-bonn.de/bioinformatics/

Further details will also be provided during the recruitment process. Applications will be accepted on rolling basis and successful candidates can begin on August 1, 2019 or later.

Please send your application by email using the reference number 350_2019 to:

Dr. rer. nat. Catherine Drescher
Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation
2
University Hospital Bonn
Venusberg
-Campus 1,
53127 Bonn
Email: applications_immunosensation(at)ukbonn.de
www.immunosensation.de