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Open Positions 1
Time Span as soon as possible for 3 years
Application Deadline 30 Mar 2017
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD - Individual Supervisor
  • PhD - Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
Subjects Immunology
Description PhD student position – Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene at the Technical University Munich, Germany

We are offering a PhD student position to highly motivated candidates at the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the Technical University Munich.

Our group is interested in the cellular immunoregulation of human T cells in health and dis-ease. We particularly focus on questions related to T helper cell differentiation, maintenance of cytokine memories and functional plasticity of T cells in settings of infections as well as chronic inflammatory diseases. We have recently established the existence of pro- and anti-inflammatory human Th17 cell subsets (Zielinski et al. Nature 2012) and have described a novel T helper cell subset, which is specialized in the production of GM-CSF with implications for the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (Noster et al., Sci Transl Med 2014).

The new team member will have the opportunity to engage in projects related to the phenotypic and functional characterization of tissue resident T cells. We are particularly interested in how an immunological memory is established and maintained in peripheral tissues in homeostatic or inflamed conditions. We are also interested in studying innate properties of human T cells and their response to pathogenic or commensal microbiota.

Candidates should be highly motivated. Previous experience in immunology and basic immunological techniques such as flow cytometry and cell culture techniques will be beneficial. Candidates with a strong background in inflammasome biology are also welcome. Candidates should also be enthusiastic about working in an international collaborative research environment.

Enquiries and applications should be made to Christina Zielinski ( Please include a CV, brief summary of your previous work experience, a short statement of why you chose to apply for this position, contact information of referees and dates when you which to start the position. Further information on the institute could be found at
Requirements - high motivation
- master's degree
- experience in immunology is preferable but no requirement
Working Language
  • English
Language of Dissertation
  • English
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Research Proposal
  • List of Publication
More Information


Technical University Munich • Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene
Prof. Dr. med. Christina Zielinski
Trogerstrasse 30
81675 München