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 Molecular Infection Immunology Group at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine is looking for a highly motivated

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)
- EG 13 TV-AVH (100 %) –

with a strong interest in sex-specific immune responses in infectious diseases. The start date of the position is 1st January 2022. The position is initially limited to 3-years, with the option of a 2-year extension.

Many diseases, especially infection-related diseases, occur with different frequencies and intensities in men and women. Our immune system protects us from many of these threats, such as bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, but increasing evidence suggests that common biological pathways regulating immune cell function differ between the sexes. In a DFG-funded research group on “Sex Difference in Immunity (FOR5068)”, we are investigating biological mechanisms responsible for sex differences in various immune pathology-related diseases.

In our group we specifically focus on
  • sex-specific differences in the innate immune response in parasitic tropical diseases such as amebiasis and leishmaniasis
  • the influence of androgens on the functions of neutrophil and monocyte at the cellular and molecular level
  • the use of material from mice and humans to study common signalling pathways at the cellular and transcriptional levels, including samples from a cohort of individuals undergoing sex reassignment surgery

Your profile

  • Highly successful completion of doctoral degree (PhD) in natural sciences, medicine, veterinary medicine or comparable studies
  • Enthusiasm for scientific issues and enjoyment of collaborations
  • Excellent theoretical and methodical immunological knowledge  
  • Experience and appropriate qualification to perform animal experiments
  • Strong interest in transcriptomics and bioinformatics
  • Supervision of doctoral and master students
  • Evidence of effective scientific writing, preferably submitted first-author manuscript
  • Ability to work in a team and commitment to the research group
  • Fluency in English, spoken and written
  • Presentations at scientific meetings

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
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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 31.10.2021 via our jobportal 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 „Postdoc - Sex Difference in Immunity” 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 Katja Bünger (

For further questions please contact Prof. Dr. Hanna Lotter (, Tel.: 040/42818-475).

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