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We are looking for a talented, highly motivated

Postdoc in Innate Antiviral Immunity

(RNA viruses, PRRs, IFNs, Cytokines, Cell Biology)


Our research group “Dynamics of Early Viral Infection and the Innate Antiviral Response”, headed by Dr. Marco Binder, focusses on the cell biology of very early, cell-intrinsic antiviral defense programs. A particular emphasis is put on dynamic aspects of, both, antiviral signaling events as well as viral replication. Moreover, we are very interested in the regulation of the antiviral defense system itself– in particular in how it is terminated in order to prevent adverse effects–, but also in the impact it has on various other cellular processes (cell death, metabolism, etc.). Currently, we are setting up a new research line to investigate the role of antiviral responses in cancer development, immune control of tumors and cancer therapy.


To strengthen our young and eager team, we are currently seeking a talented and highly motivated postdoc. The postdoc will work on the RIG-I signaling cascade, in particular the molecular mechanism of its regulation (see also Willemsen et al., Molecular Cell 2017). She/he will further be expected to actively participate in developing our new research line, investigating the role of antiviral signaling in tumor development and control. To find out more about us, visit our homepage!


Candidates must therefore have a profound background in cell biology and cell-intrinsic innate immune defenses (RLR signaling, interferon signaling, cytokine biology). Ideally, the candidate has worked with RNA viruses before and has solid experience also with biochemical techniques. We expect the postdoc to have a high degree of autonomy. She/he shall actively develop her/his own project and, furthermore, oversee related projects in the group, potentially including the supervision of a Master’s student and/or a PhD student.


The position is open immediately and has an initial running time of two years and an option to be prolonged for one additional year. Salary will be equivalent to German TV-L E13 (100%).


Applications must comprise



a detailed CV, including an abstract of the candidate’s PhD thesis and a brief description of her/his research experience including the most frequently applied techniques, and


two letters of recommendation.


Applications should be sent by email to:




Heidelberg is a very active and lively center for research in the field of life sciences and medical research. It has one of the largest life science campuses in Europe, providing a vibrant environment with unique opportunities for on-site collaborations across various world-renowned institutions such as Heidelberg University, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)and the Max-Plank Institute for Medical Research.