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.

The Department of Virology at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) in Hamburg (Germany) is looking for the next possible date for a highly motivated

Postdoc (m/f/d)
- 100 % EG 13 TV-AVH -

Your tasks:

  • Biomarker analysis of Lassa Fever patient samples from observational clinical trials and Phase II intervention trials (ELISA, Luminex-based assays)
  • Support of immunological analysis of patient PBMCs (flow cytometry, Elispot, RT-PCR, RNA sequencing)

Your profile:

  • PhD in natural sciences (biology, biochemistry or equivalent)
  • profound experience in virological research; experience in S3 or S4 laboratories is advantageous
  • theoretical and practical experience with RNA sequencing and biomarker analysis
  • theoretical and practical experiences in immunology (flow cytometry, ELISA, histology)
  • experiences in molecular biology
  • willingness to work under conditions of safety levels 3 and 4
  • willingness to conduct biomarker analysis as part of different research projects
  • experience in training of PhD students, interns and master students
  • independent and careful work
  • excellent organizational skills and capacity to prioritize
  • willingness to manage a cooperative research project with international partners
  • excellent communication skills in English, in oral and written form
  • team spirit and commitment to the working group and our partners in Africa
  • fitness for service or travel in the tropics and readiness for short-term (about 4 weeks) research activities in Africa (1-2 times per year, 2-4 weeks)
The position is initially limited to two years and is remunerated in accordance with the German salary scheme for the public service (TV-AVH Hamburg).

Work in safety laboratories requires aptitude and a successful security clearance (Ü2).

We offer:

  • an interesting and demanding job in a modern research institute
  • Integration in an open-minded and a highly motivated team
  • a diverse and fair working environment
  • opportunities for further scientific qualification
  • a central location at the Landungsbrücken, which is easily accessible by public transport
  • 30 days of vacation per year
  • flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • subsidy for childcare
  • subsidy for the ProfiTicket as “Deutschlandticket” (Basic)
  • company pension scheme
  • special conditions in selected sports and fitness clubs in Hamburg
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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 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 01.10.2023 preferably online with the required documents (cover letter, CV, PhD and university certificate, list of publications, and reference letter and contact details of 2 references)
Alternatively, you may apply by postal mail referring to "Postdoc-Viro" to: Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, HR Department, Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 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 further questions please contact Dr. Lisa Oestereich (, +49 (0)40/285380-940) from the Department of Virology.