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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin - Fachbereich Veter­inärmed­izin - Insti­tut für Vir­o­lo­gie

The Insti­tute of Vir­o­logy, Depart­ment of Veter­in­ary Medi­cine, Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin (Head: Prof. Dr. Bene­dikt Kaufer) has an imme­di­ate vacancy for a PhD pos­i­tion (TVL-13, 65%). The pos­i­tion is part of the DFG research group FOR5200 DEEP-DV "Dis­rupt - Evade - Exploit: Gene expres­sion and host response pro­gram­ming in DNA virus infec­tion". The aim is to decipher the mech­an­isms that con­trib­ute to the estab­lish­ment of human herpes­virus 6 (HHV-6) latency. In this pro­ject, the stu­dent will i) invest­ig­ate whether tran­scrip­tional sig­na­tures influ­ence the out­come of HHV-6A infec­tion and the decision between lytic rep­lic­a­tion and latency, ii) invest­ig­ate the role of integ­ra­tion and the U94 pro­tein in the estab­lish­ment of latency using recom­bin­ant vir­uses and iii) decipher whether epi­gen­etic modi­fic­a­tions and cel­lu­lar factors influ­ence the out­come of HHV-6A infec­tion. Our stud­ies will shed light on the decision between lytic rep­lic­a­tion and latency of this ubi­quit­ous human patho­gen.

Doc­toral Stu­dent (Prae­doc) (m/f/d)

Work­ing field:

The can­did­ate will per­form state-of-the-art research on human herpes­virus 6 (HHV-6) latency in the con­text of the DFG research group DEEP-DV (FOR5200). In the pro­ject, the Prae­doc is also involved in plan­ning, per­form­ing and eval­u­at­ing the sci­entific exper­i­ments, and writ­ing reports. Fur­ther­more, the sci­entific res­ults will be dis­sem­in­ated, presen­ted and pub­lished. The activ­ity serves the own sci­entific qual­i­fic­a­tion


com­pleted uni­versity degree in the nat­ural sci­ences (dip­loma/mas­ter's degree) or degree in veter­in­ary medi­cine (veter­in­ary license)

(Pro­fes­sional) Exper­i­ence:

  • above-aver­age grades and interest in inde­pend­ent, sci­entific work
  • exper­i­ence in hand­ling cell cul­tures and in vir­o­lo­gical assays
  • good com­mu­nic­a­tion skills
  • team player who is able to for­mu­late clear sci­entific hypo­theses and work effect­ively with other DFG Research Group part­ners
  • good com­mand of writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish
  • ger­man lan­guage skills are an advant­age.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions should be sent by e-mail, together with sig­ni­fic­ant doc­u­ments, indic­at­ing the ref­er­ence code, in PDF format (prefer­ably as one doc­u­ment) no later than Septem­ber 27th, 2021 to Prof. Dr. Bene­dikt Kaufer:
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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Fachbereich Veter­inärmed­izin
Insti­tut für Vir­o­lo­gie
Mr. Prof. Dr. Bene­dikt Kaufer
Robert von Oster­tag-Str. 7-13
Haus 35, 14163 Ber­lin (Düp­pel)

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