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PhD position in biology, biological physics

The research group of Prof. Joachim Rädler (Faculty of Physics) and Prof. Markus Meißner (Chair of Experimental Parasitology) invites applications for doctoral student positions to work on a joint project analysing fundamental biological aspects of apicomplexan parasites (i.e. Toxoplasma, Eimeria, Theileria, Plasmodium) and their host cell.

The goal of our research is to understand molecular mechanisms involved in the invasion and modification of the host cell by these obligate intracellular parasites. For relevant background look at the following publications (Periz J, et al., Elife. 2017; Whitelaw JA et al., BMC Biol. 2017; Harding CR, et al, PLoS Pathog. 2016; Andenmatten N, et al., Nat Methods. 2013). In the future we aim to investigate these processes using an interdisciplinary approach, involving biophysics, reverse genetics and cutting edge imaging.

The Meissner lab is based in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The Rädler lab is based in the Faculty of Physics. Numerous core facilities ensure state of the art equipment and expertise.

Applicants are required to….
-hold or obtain a very good Master degree in biology, biophysics, microbiology, veterinary medicine or a related relevant biological subject.
-have good theoretical knowledge of molecular biology.
-have good laboratory skills.

Very favorable is pre-experience (experimental work) or a strong interest in …
-molecular biology

The PhD-student-position (TV-L E13, 65%) is available for three years, starting on
May 1st, 2018.

Salary will be based on the pay scale for the public sector in Germany (TV-L) and comply with qualification.

How to apply:
Please send your application (motivation letter, CV, names of two references and transcripts in one PDF) by email to The call will remain open until the position is filled.

The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In case of equal qualification, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.


Markus Meißner
Prof für Experimentelle Parasitologie
Fakultät für Tiermedizin
Leopoldstr. 5
80802 München
+49 (0)89 2180-3622