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Schaller Research Group Leader Positions in Infectious Diseases at Heidelberg University

The Chica and Heinz Schaller Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to furthering thecareers of talented young scientists working in biomedicine at Heidelberg University. TheFoundation is currently supporting five Schaller Research Groups. Applications are invited for additional Schaller Research Group Leaders in the field of infectious diseases in collaboration with Heidelberg University and its Center for Integrative Infectious Disease Research.
Applicants should work on important human pathogens (focus virology) and their interactions with the host. Close interaction with other research groups in the Center for Integrative Infectious Disease Research ( and other research groups on campus is desired. A research program looking at replication and spread of relevant human viruses in systems of increasing complexity including host cell effects and the immune response would be preferable. For more information, please refer to the existing collaborative research consortia SFB1129 ( and SFB-TR179 ( and to the Heidelberg contributions in the German Center for Infection Research ( The CIID has a strong infrastructure on imaging approaches under BSL2 and BSL3 conditions, including high resolution and correlative light and electron microscopy.

The positions are funded by the Chica and Heinz Schaller Foundation for five years in the first instance and may be extended for two more years subject to internal and external review. Successful applicants will receive a flexible funding package for a group leader position along with a postdoctoral scientist, a PhD student and a technician as well as research operating costs and substantial start-up funding.

Applicants should have an exciting research portfolio, excellent publication record, postdoctoral experience and the ability to lead a research group. The new groups will have access to excellent infrastructure and opportunities for integrating in the vibrant biomedical community in Heidelberg. Group members will benefit from existing training programs for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in Heidelberg.

The Foundation is committed to gender equality in science.

Please send a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, two letters of reference and concise description of current research as well as research program for a five-year term to
Closing date: June 30, 2021

PhD Student (f/m/d)
Graduate School “Infection” of the Leibniz Center Infection

Project title: Global profiling of arbovirus susceptibility factors in mosquitoes”

The Leibniz Center Infection (LCI) is a strategic alliance of the North German Leibniz Institutes Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Lung Center (FZB) and Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI). The LCI focuses on global infections and links the complementary research of the three Leibniz institutes: tropical and emerging infections at BNITM, bacterial infections of the lung at FZB and viral diseases at HPI ( The alliance provides a three-year structured graduate program on “Infection”.

The HPI focuses on human pathogenic viruses with the aim of understanding viral diseases and developing novel therapeutic approaches ( The HPI offers one doctoral position in collaboration the (BNITM):

 Global profiling of arbovirus susceptibility factors in mosquitoes“;
Main Supervisor: Dr. Pietro Scaturro (HPI Research Group “Systems Arbovirology”).

Description of the project:
In recent years the number of insect-borne virus infections has increased dramatically. However, our understanding of the interaction between arboviruses and their mosquito vector remains rudimentary. We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with eagerness to learn, work in a team and make fundamental discoveries in the field of arbovirus-invertebrates interactions. Applicants should hold a MSc degree (or equivalent) with a focus on cell biology, virology or related disciplines. Prior experience in virology, mass- spectrometry or mosquito biology would be a plus. The candidate will have the opportunity to learn state-of-the-art proteomics approaches and in vivo experimentation with mosquitoes to identify and characterize new critical host- pathogen interactions in insect cells. The project will be carried in the research groups Systems Arbovirology at the HPI ( and the Department of Arbovirology at the BNITM.

The HPI promotes the professional equality between all genders. Handicapped applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Starting date will be summer 2021 or later. Salary will be according to German TV-AVH (salary agreement for public service employees). The application should include a letter of motivation, CV, two letters of recommendation and a summary of the master/diploma thesis. Documents should be sent by June 15, 2021 exclusively by email as single pdf-file (not exceeding 5 MB). Late applications may be considered until the position is filled.

For project related questions, please contact:

We look forward to receiving your complete and informative application documents, preferably by e-mail (or post to):

Heinrich Pette Institute,
Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology
Personnel Department
Martinistraße 52, N63, 20251 Hamburg

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