The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM, is the largest Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Germany and member of the Leibniz Research Association, the National Reference Centre for Tropical Pathogens, and a WHO Collaborating Centre.

Within the framework of the Leibniz Center Infection (LCI) Graduate School, the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) in Hamburg is looking for a highly motivated

PhD student in natural sciences (m/f/d)
– 65% EG 13 TV-AVH –

with a strong interest in parasites causing Malaria, host parasite interactions and bioinformatics.

The role of extracellular vesicles in pathogenesis of infectious diseases has recently gained lot of attention. There is a growing tendency worldwide to investigate their potential in improving the outcome of complicated infectious diseases. The PhD candidate will work on a project to characterise the role of extracellular vesicles-mediated crosstalk between human brain endothelial cells and cells of the innate immune system during Plasmodium falciparum infection. We have recently implemented new methods to isolate extracellular vesicles from Plasmodium falciparum cell culture. In addition to the flow system that we have established from about 6 years, this system will be used for authentic stimulation of the human endothelial cells in vitro. This project may uncover new possibilities for the use of extracellular vesicles (or their components) in controlling immune responses during malaria infection, either as a therapy or as a target in future immune-modulating treatments.

Your profile:

  • Diploma/Master degree or equivalent in life sciences
  • Knowledge in the fields of parasitic infection
  • Practical experience in molecular biology,
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Proficiency in English (written and spoken)
  • Able to work independently and to develop creative work

Our benefits:

  • Interesting work as part of challenging projects in an interdisciplinary research area at an institute of the Leibniz Research Association
  • Integration into an open-minded, motivated and supportive team
  • A central location at the Landungsbrücken, easily accessible by public transport
  • 30 days of vacation per year
  • Flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • Subsidy for childcare
  • Subsidy for the HVV-ProfiTicket
  • Company pension scheme
  • Opportunities for further education and training
  • Special conditions in selected sports and fitness clubs in Hamburg
Starting date will be January 2022. The position is initially limited to 3 years and is remunerated based on the rules of the public service according to the TV-AVH (collective agreement of the Hamburg Labor Law Association).

The Leibniz Center Infection is a strategic alliance of the North German Leibniz Institutes the BNITM, Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Lung Center (FZB) and Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI). LCI-Graduates will work on cooperative projects from two LCI institutes in joint supervision. It is mandatory for each graduate to conduct at least 3 months of the research at the cooperating institute.
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We support our employees in achieving a work-life balance and promote the professional equality of women and men. We strive to assist women in their scientific career, increase the number of women in research and reduce under-representation in all areas and positions in general. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference when equally qualified.
Please send your application by 31.07.2021 via our job portal with the required documents (letter of motivation, detailed CV, all university certificates with grades and if applicable contact details of 2 references).
Alternatively you may apply by postal mail referring to "PhD-LCI" to: Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin, Human Resources Department, Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 74, D-20359 Hamburg.

If you have questions about the application/selection process, please contact Ms. Katja Bünger (

For further questions please contact Dr. Nahla Metwally (, 040-42818- 443).