Independent junior research group leader, RNA Biology Institute for Molecular Infection Research (IMIB) & Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI)

We are seeking to strengthen our research activities at the interface of RNA biology and infectious diseases by establishing a new junior research group at the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology and the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-Based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg, Germany. Major research topics of interest are:

  • Single-cell RNA analysis of the complexity and heterogeneity of infection processes
  • Regulatory RNAs with essential roles in pathogenesis
  • RNA-based mechanisms in virulence and host defense
  • RNA structure profiling, RNA modifications and RNA localization
  • Delivery techniques for RNA-based interventions
  • Exploiting RNA for new diagnostics, preventives and anti-infectives

We are looking to recruit an individual with outstanding postdoctoral experience and international recognition in the above fields. Ideally, the candidate should also be eligible for a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group. The appointment will be for a period of 3+3 years. Salary (E14/15) will be commensurate with training and experience. The position includes laboratory operating expenses and salaries for additional personnel, laboratory space and access to bio-containment, molecular imaging, RNA high-throughput genomics, and animal facilities. See and for more information. Informal inquiries can be made to Prof. Jörg Vogel (

Interested individuals should submit a one-page description of their research interests and future directions, CV and publication list, together with the names of three academic references by February 25, 2018. We may request that short-listed candidates provide a more detailed research proposal at a later date. Preference will be given to people with disabilities in the case of otherwise equal aptitude. The University aims to increase the proportion of female employees; applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Applications should be sent via Email to Dr. Nina-Vanessa Littwin (, addressing the Acting Director of the HIRI, Prof. Jörg Vogel.