PhD and Postdoc Positions

The junior research group IMMUNOMOD (headed by Dr. Sparrer) at the Institute of Molecular Virology (directed by Profs. Kirchhoff and Münch) at Ulm University Medical Centre is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists to study novel anti-viral approaches as well as virus-host and virus-virus interactions.

We are looking for a

Postdoc (m/f/d), Molecular Biology) to study virus-host interactions with a focus on how SARS-CoV-2 antagonizes innate immune mechanisms and interacts with other respiratory viruses. Applicants with strong motivation to tackle competitive projects and with firm technical expertise in molecular biology are preferred.

PhD student (m/f/d), Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacy) to work in a project aiming to discover, characterize and optimize natural molecules (plant compounds, human peptides) that manipulate innate immune processes, such as autophagy and the interferon response to strengthen anti-viral immune defenses but also to dampen excessive immune reactions. Applicants with a chemical background but strong interest in molecular biology are preferred.

We offer

  • the possibility to work on exciting projects using cutting edge technologies including next-generation sequencing, single cell technologies and advanced light imaging
  • highly relevant, basic but application-focused research on human pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, HIV-1 and Influenza A virus.
  • join a highly motivated research team with a stimulating, diverse and international environment.

The PhD project is part of the BMBF-funded cluster of junior research groups in infection research (Project: IMMUNOMOD). Both projects will also be associated with the CRC 1279 including advanced training opportunities, such as enrolment in the International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine for PhD students.

Required qualifications are a Master, Diploma or doctoral degree in Molecular Medicine, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacy or related subjects, interest in molecular biology, self-motivated work, a high interest to solve complex scientific problems and excellent communication skills.

Salary and benefits are given according to the German TV-L system. 

The Ulm University Medical center is dedicated to provide equal opportunities for people with equal qualifications regardless of their gender or background. We welcome applications by people with disabilities if the requirements to work in BSL3 facilities can be met. The Ulm University strives for an increased proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages qualified female scientists to apply for the positions. 

Starting date: flexible

Please email (subject: Application for PhD position or Application for Postdoc position) your cover letter, CV, references and contact information in English language as a single pdf file to

Deadline: July, 1st, 2021


Master, PhD and Postdoc Positions Available

The Institute of Molecular Virology is always interested in hearing from highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals interested in molecular biology of HIV, anti-viral restriction factors and novel strategies to combat viral infections. Suitable applicants are strongly encouraged to send a CV, cover letter, and the contact details of three referees in a single pdf file to:

The Ulm University Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer and aims at increasing the proportion of female researchers. Thus, applications by women are strongly encouraged. Disabled candidates will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.