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.



PhD position in Molecular Immunology/Virology (m/f/d)

The Emmy Noether research group of Florian I. Schmidt at the Institute of Innate Immunity of the University of Bonn is currently offering the following part-time position (65 %)

PhD position in Molecular Immunology/Virology (m/f/d)

The position is available for three years.

The Schmidt lab takes an entirely novel approach to study the cell biology of the innate immune system: We generate custom-made nanobodies to interfere with and to visualize activation antiviral signaling pathways in highly specific ways. Our tools render the fascinating signaling complexes of the innate immune system accessible to systematic analysis in an unprecedented way. We aim to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of antiviral signaling complexes and their regulation using a broad range of viruses. We address mechanistic questions from multiple perspectives using cell biological, biochemical, immunological, and virological approaches in combination with advanced imaging techniques and protein engineering.

Our requirements:

  • Enthusiasm for research in a collaborative environment
  • Strong interest in solving fundamental or applied biological problems
  • Commitment to the research project
  • Experience in cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, and/or virology (PhD / Master or equivalent)
  • Excellent degrees and track record
  • Very good communication skills (English)

We offer:

  •   Challenging projects at the interface of cell biology, immunology, and virology
  •   A stimulating, multidisciplinary research environment in the Cluster of Excellence ‘ImmunoSensation’ and the Institute of Innate Immunity at the University of Bonn
  •   Salary will be according to the German salary scale TV-L EG 13
  •   Graduate students will be integrated into the ‘International Immunology Training Program Bonn' (IITB)
  •   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 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.

Contact information

Full applications should include a brief statement on research interests, a CV, list of publications (if applicable), and contact information for two referees, compiled into a single pdf file. Please contact Florian I. Schmidt ( for further information.

Andrea Schlichting/ Dr. Florian Schmidt University of Bonn
Venusberg Campus 1
53127 Bonn
Tel.: 0228 287 51239/ 0228 287 51124 /