Jobs in Structural Biology and Related Fields

Doctoral Researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Braunschweig, Germany
Application deadline: 07 Apr 2019

The research group Recombinant Protein Expression of Dr. Joop van den Heuvel at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany is seeking a Doctoral Researcher.


Project title: 

Developing new strategies for efficient production of viral envelop proteins for vaccinology and expression of membrane proteins in optimized insect cell lines.


Project description: 

The department Structure and Function of Proteins, research group Recombinant Protein Expression, are looking for a new PhD candidate. As part of the EU-funded Project Instruct-Ultra, the group focuses on the development of a new method for high throughput expression of the challenging production of membrane proteins and viral envelope proteins. 


The main focus of the research group is to produce ample amounts of high-quality protein samples for structural and functional analysis in the scope of bacterial infection, viral infection and drug-target research. Biophysical quality of the proteins, protein-protein interactions as well as biochemical activity will be investigated within this project. 


If you are qualified in the research field of biotechnology, infection research or molecular biology and are looking for a challenging project in an excellent scientific environment please feel free to contact Dr Joop van den Heuvel. High self-motivation and enthusiasm as well as the ability to work independently as part of an international team are required. 



Master’s Degree in biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology or a related field of the life sciences 

Excellent English communication skills (written and spoken) 

Ability to work independently and as part of an international team 

Practical experience in cell culture techniques 

Equal Opportunities are part of our personnel policy. 

Qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference. 



Applicants are required to complete the online application form here. Please select Job No. 22/2019.


For more details regarding the position, please contact Dr. Joop van den Heuvel via email:, or by phone: +49 531 6181-7046. 


Further details:

Starting date: 1 May 2019 - Initial contract for 3 years 

Salary: follows TVöD E13 (50%) with the possibility of an additional payment of 15% 

Probation period: 6 months 

Published on: 12/3/19

Closing date: 07/04/19


More information about the institute and the research group of Dr. Joop van den Heuvel can be found on the research group website

Braunschweig, Germany

Doctoral Researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research