At the next possible starting date a job opening is available in the research group of Division Veterinary Medicine

Postdoctoral Researcher / Scientist (m/f/d)

About the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

We are a senior federal authority responsible for vaccines and biomedicines that performs scientific research in the field of life sciences. Our institute networks with national and international players which makes it a competent partner for the general public, science, medicine, politics, and economics.

The project

The position is available within a BMG-funded project to investigate vaccine candidates against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. Within this project, immunogenicity of various experimental vaccine candicates and application methods will be examined in animal models:
  • Generation, purification and characterization of viral vaccine vectors
  • Immunization of laboratory animals and characterization of induced local and systemic immune responses
  • The successful candidate will establish an experimental aerosol application model for vaccines
  • Evaluation of vaccine efficacy in challenge models with SARS-CoV-2
  • Presentation of the results at scientific conferences and in publications

Our Essential criteria for applying

  • Master's degree or equivalent degree in a natural science
  • Doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in immunology, virology or related biomedical sciences
  • Expertise in immunology, specifically B- and T-cell responses against viral infections
  • Experience and certified qualification in animal experimentation (FELASA B, EU Function A/C/D or equivalent international qualification)
  • Training in working with BSL2 pathogens required
  • Experience with BSL3 pathogens desirable
  • First author publication(s) in internationally respected, peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • High motivation to develop a research project independently
  • Good work organization skills and ability to work under pressure - We are looking for a team player
  • High level of proficiency in English (proof through TOEFL certificate, if applicable)

Our offer

A stable, multifaceted, and challenging position centrally located in the Rhine-Main area (Frankfurt) with good public transport connections (motorways/highways, airport, and fast commuter train). Being an employer in the German public service, we offer the usual social benefits such as annual payment supplement, employer’s pension scheme, and special contributions to a particular statutory savings scheme (Vermögenswirksame Leistungen).

The successful candidate will be employed until 31.12.2022. Part-time working is possible in principle. The payband is E 14 TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst, Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Public Service), Part III of Annex 1 of TVEntgO Bund (Tarifvertrag über die Entgeltordnung des Bundes, Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Pay System of the Federal German Public Service). The assignment to a payband is made based on the consideration of your individual professional experience. Disabled candidates will be given preference if their skills and qualifications are equivalent to those of non-disabled candidates. The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut encourages gender equality and life-work balance, especially in respect to the family. For this purpose, we have various employment models to offer including flexible working hours (different forms of part-time work, flexible working from home, teleworking, no core time), child care facilities, and various opportunities for further professional training.

Please send your application containing your job related education, experience and skills to our job application portal by 16.08.2020 indicating Job ID 498.

For questions related to the job application, please contact Mrs. Peters (E-Mail:, Telefon: +49 6103/77-1143) indicating Job ID 498.

We look forward to your job application.