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The Institute of Cellular Virology, University of Münster, is looking for a PhD candidate 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 with complex glycans. For this purpose, you will use a variety of biochemical and cell biological technologies in combination with structural biology approaches.


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


-       Expertise in fluorescence microscopy and image analysis

-       Experience in structural biology techniques 

-       Experience in cell biology and/or virology


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

It is expected that the candidate will enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment at the interfaces between virology, structural biology and cell biology and cooperating with other research groups.


Information about the research environment
This PhD 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 ( within the research consortium Virocarb ( The group adopts an interdisciplinary approach combining virology, structural biology and cell biology with a strong emphasis on imaging techniques to study virus-cell interactions during virus entry. 


Position summary
E13 (65%) 3 years. 


The application should be addressed to Mario Schelhaas ( contain:

  1. A cover letter, highlighting your specific qualifications and motivation for this position
  2. Curriculum Vitae including full list of publications and contact details for at least two references.

Application deadline:
We encourage application submission prior to August 31st. Applications will be screened until a suitable candidate has been found. Starting date: preferred in October 2019.