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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin - Fachbereich Veter­inärmed­izin - Insti­tut für Vir­o­lo­gie

The Insti­tute of Vir­o­logy of the Depart­ment of Veter­in­ary Medi­cine at the Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin (Head: Prof. Dr. Bene­dikt Kaufer) has an imme­di­ate vacancy for a PhD pos­i­tion (TVL-13, 65%). The pos­i­tion is part of the DFG research group Immun­oChick (FOR5130) "Unrav­el­ling the avian immune response in the con­text of infec­tion". In this pro­ject, the new researcher will i) determ­ine the role of γδ T cells in Marek's dis­ease virus (MDV) infec­tion, ii) invest­ig­ate whether these cells are import­ant for vac­cine pro­tec­tion, and iii) decipher whether αβ T cells are essen­tial for MDV patho­gen­esis. To achieve these goals, we will use novel αβ and γδ T cell knock­out chick­ens as well as molecu­lar and immun­o­lo­gical meth­ods. The exper­i­ments will not only con­trib­ute to our under­stand­ing of the role of these T cell pop­u­la­tions in MDV patho­gen­esis and vac­cine pro­tec­tion, but will also increase the know­ledge on the life cycle of this highly onco­genic virus.

Doc­toral Stu­dent (Prae­doc) (m/f/d)

Work­ing field:

The can­did­ate will per­form state-of-the-art research on the role of T cell pop­u­la­tions in Marek's Dis­ease Virus (MDV) patho­gen­esis in the con­text of the DFG research group Immun­oChick (FOR5130). In the pro­ject, the Prae­doc is also involved in the plan­ning, exe­cu­tion and eval­u­ation of the sci­entific exper­i­ments, and report writ­ing. Fur­ther­more, the sci­entific res­ults will be dis­sem­in­ated, presen­ted and pub­lished.

Require­ments:

com­pleted uni­versity degree in the nat­ural sci­ences (dip­loma/mas­ter's degree) or degree in veter­in­ary medi­cine (veter­in­ary license).

Desir­able:
  • above-aver­age grades and interest in inde­pend­ent, sci­entific work
  • exper­i­ence in hand­ling cell cul­tures and vir­o­lo­gical assays
  • exper­i­ence with animal exper­i­ments includ­ing chick­ens (ideally with FELASA Cat. B course or equi­val­ent)
  • good com­mu­nic­a­tion skills
  • team player who is able to for­mu­late clear sci­entific hypo­theses and col­lab­or­ate effect­ively with other DFG Research Group part­ners
  • good com­mand of writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish
  • ger­man lan­guage skills are an advant­age.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions should be sent by e-mail, together with sig­ni­fic­ant doc­u­ments, indic­at­ing the ref­er­ence code, in PDF format (prefer­ably as one doc­u­ment) no later than Septem­ber 27th, 2021 to Prof. Dr. Bene­dikt Kaufer: b.kaufer@fu-berlin.de.
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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Fachbereich Veter­inärmed­izin
Insti­tut für Vir­o­lo­gie
Mr. Prof. Dr. Bene­dikt Kaufer
Robert von Oster­tag-Str. 7-13
Haus 35, 14163 Ber­lin (Düp­pel)

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