The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) is a member of the Leibniz Association. With about 400 employees, it is Germany's largest institution for research, treatment and training in the field of tropical and new emerging infectious diseases.

The Structural Virology group within the Department of Virology at BNITM in Hamburg is looking for a highly motivated

Postdoc (m/f/d)
- full-time or part-time, EG 13 TV-AVH -

As part of a collaborative project on studying the polymerase proteins of emerging RNA viruses, we seek a highly motivated candidate to support the research activities of an international team of scientists.

Core tasks will include:

  • Molecular biology (PCR, cloning, RNA/DNA handling, etc.)
  • Protein biochemistry (expression, purification, biochemical assays, etc.)
  • Structural biology (cryo-EM, X-ray crystallography, model building, structure validation, integrative modelling etc.)
  • Detailed documentation and presentation of experiments
  • Supervision of bachelor and masters students

Your Profile:

  • Completed PhD in the field of biochemistry and/or structural biology
  • Strong expertise in protein expression, protein purification and biochemical assays
  • Fluent oral and written English
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan and execute experiments independently and flexibly
  • Strong team spirit and communication skills
  • Creative mindset and strong problem-solving capabilities
  • Expertise in cryoEM (sample preparation and data processing) is beneficial
  • Experience with working in the radioactivity lab is a plus
  • Experience with common model building and structure refinement programs (Coot, Phenix, CCP4) is beneficial
  • Proficiency in commonly used laboratory software is expected (Office, PyMOL, Chimera etc.)

Our benefits:

  • An interesting and challenging project in a modern and international research institution
  • Integration into an open-minded, motivated and highly supportive team
  • A central location at the Landungsbrücken, which is easily accessible by public transport, as well as access to excellent structural biology infrastructure at the DESY campus
  • 30 days holidays per year
  • Flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • Childcare subsidy
  • Subsidy for HVV-ProfiTicket as „Deutschlandticket“ (Basic)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Opportunities for further education and training
  • Special conditions in selected sports and fitness clubs in Hamburg
The position is available for 24 months starting at the earliest possible time point as agreed. Remuneration is in accordance with the German salary scheme for the public service (TV-AVH).
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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. We explicitly welcome applications from people with disabilities.

As a member of the Diversity Charter, the largest diversity management network in Germany, we are also committed to making diversity an integral part of our institute culture. It is our goal to create a working environment that is free of prejudice.
Please apply by 19.05.2024 preferably online with a single pdf file containing the required documents (cover letter, detailed CV incl. list of publications, university certificates with grades and contact details of 2 references) via our online form.
Alternatively you can send documents using the reference "Postdoc_StructuralVirology“ by postal mail to: Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, HR Department, Ms Jeannette Meurer, Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 74, 20359 Hamburg, Germany.
If you have any questions regarding the application process or the selection procedure, please contact Jeannette Meurer from the HR Department (

For all other questions please contact Dr. Maria Rosenthal (, +49 (0) 40 285380-930) or visit our group homepage (