The Bernhard Nocht Institute ( is the largest Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Germany and is the National Reference Centre for Tropical Pathogens, a WHO Collaborating Centre and member of the Leibniz Research Association.
The Department of Arbovirology - Virus Discovery, Genomics and Evolution Lab at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) in Hamburg is looking for a highly motivated, creative and collaborative

Postdoc (m/w/d)
- EG 13 TV-AVH –

As part of a collaborative BMBF Project „Preparedness and Response in an Emergency context to Pathogens of Medical and Veterinary importance, PREPMedVet“ we seek a highly motivated candidate to support the research activities of an international team of scientists.

Your tasks:

  • Responsible for generating and analyzing virus genome sequence data using cutting edge portable and metagenomic sequencing approaches as well as state of the art bioinformatics tools
  • Establish viral metagenomic and metatranscriptomic pipelines on portable NGS devices
  • Establish and implement real-time virus genomic surveillance and viral pathogen discovery platforms in several locations
  • Genomic epidemiology and Evolution of viral pathogens

Your Profile:

  • The successful candidate must hold a PhD with relevant research experience in the field of genomic evolution and surveillance of human and/or animal viral pathogens and/or cutting-edge genomics and metagenomic approaches to the investigation of infectious diseases
  • Experience with Illumina based sequencing technologies and sequencers (NextSeq, iSeq)
  • Knowledge of phylogenetic approaches (including Bayesian methods), and pathogen evolution would be desirable
  • Experience with Geneious, CLC Workbench would be desirable but not essential
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong team spirit and communication skills
  • Fluent oral and written English

What we offer:

  • Interesting and challenging projects in a modern research institution fully equipped with next generation sequencing labs and an internationally well connected highly supportive research team
  • Opportunities for continuing education and training
  • A workplace at the beautiful Landungsbrücken, easily accessible by public transport
  • Flexible and family-friendly working time models
  • Subsidy for HVV-ProfiTicket (local transportation)
  • Childcare subsidy
  • 30 days’ vacation per year
  • Company pension scheme
  • Discounts in selected sports and fitness clubs in Hamburg
The position is available for 36 months starting at the earliest possible time point. Remuneration is in accordance with German salary scheme for the public service (TV-AVH 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 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 apply by 23.10.2020 preferably online with the documents required in our application form (cover letter, CV, high school and university certificates with grades, if applicable references).
Alternatively, you can submit your documents referring to “PREPMedVet-PostDoc” via postal mail to: Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Human Resources, Ms. Jeannette Meurer, Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 74, D-20359 Hamburg.
If you have any questions regarding the application process or the selection procedure, please contact Ms. Jeannette Meurer from the Human Resources Department (

For further questions please contact Dr. Dr. Dániel Cadar (, 040/42818-840).