PhD position in Virology

Ruhr University Bochum
Molecular & Medical Virology
Germany Bochum


The Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities in Germany. As a reform-oriented campus university, it uniquely unites the entire spectrum of the major academic areas in one place. The dynamic interaction of subjects and subject cultures offers researchers and students alike special opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

As part of a DFG-funded funded project, a scientific doctoral position (m/f/d) with 25.89 hours per week is to be filled in the Department of Molecular and Medical Virology from November 1st, 2020. The position is limited to 3 years.

The scientific focus of the department lies in the understanding of the mechanisms of molecular replication and clinical transmission routes of hepatitis and coronaviruses. A translational approach and the development of prevention and therapy strategies is our passion.

As part of the planned project, the occurrence and changes of virus populations in their hosts (quasi-species analyzes) are to be investigated using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). In particular, viral subpopulations of the hepatitis E virus (HEV) in chronically infected patients and cell cultures are to be examined and characterized in order to identify variants that could be responsible for treatment resistance. In addition, metagenomic analyzes of patient samples will be used to identify viruses that can be the cause of liver complications.


- Successfully completed studies (master's degree, diploma) in bioinformatics or biosciences with a focus on bioinformatics or comparable degrees.
- Experience in molecular virology is an asset.
- Experience in evaluating NGS data sets is desirable.
- Basic knowledge of Linux bash scripting and Perl / Python and routine handling of R.
- High level of communication skills, innovative concepts, commitment and ability to work in a team.
- Independent work, organizational skills, good time management.

Start date

November 02, 2020

How to Apply

Please send your application including a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae and copies of your diploma / transcripts of records to: by September 17, 2020


Dr. Daniel Todt