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The Institute of Cellular Virology, University of Münster, is looking for a postdoctoral fellow in molecular virology and cell biology to drive a research project, which aims at elucidating the mechanisms of small DNA tumor virus entry into host cells.. Specifically, the successful candidate will focus on elucidating the role of papilloma- and polyomavirus receptor interactions for the induction of endocytic uptake. For this purpose, you will use a variety of biochemical and cell biological technologies with a special emphasis on imaging techniques.


The successful candidate should have a PhD with focus on cell biology, virology, or related disciplines. Any or a combination of the following skills is a strong asset:


  • -Expertise in live cell fluorescence microscopy, single particle/molecule tracking and image analysis
  • -Expertise in specialized microscopy techniques such as TIRF, STORM, SIM
  • -Experience in electron microscopy 
  • -Experience in state-of-the-art techniques in cell biology and/or virology


Ability to independently plan experiments, develop methods and carry out analyses, and summarize results in English is a requirement.

It is expected that the candidate can conduct research in a highly independent manner and has a willingness to apply for additional funding for their project. In addition, the candidate should enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment at the interface between virology and cell biology and to cooperate with other research groups.


Research environment
This postdoc project will be carried out at the Faculty of Medicine within the Center for Molecular Molecular Viology of Inflammation ( at the Institute of Cellular Virology ( The group adopts an interdisciplinary approach combining virology and cell biology with a strong emphasis on imaging techniques to study virus-cell interactions during virus entry. 


Position summary
Full-time 3 years. 


The application should be addressed to Mario Schelhaas ( and should contain:


• A cover letter, highlighting your specific qualifications and motivation for this position.


• Curriculum Vitae including full list of publications and contact details for at least two references.


Application deadline:
We encourage applications prior to August 31st for full consideration. Applications will be screened until a suitable candidate has been found. Starting date: anytime 2019.