Research Associate for the Project “Plasmofraction - Structural biology of Plasmodium falciparum membrane complexes” (PhD Position) § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications. They may also pursue doctoral studies outside of working hours.

Specific Duties

The research group of Michael Filarsky at the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) in Hamburg (Germany), is looking for a PhD student to investigate protein interaction networks and the structural biology of membrane proteins in the malaria parasite in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

The successful candidate will participate in a close collaborative project with the groups of Jan Kosinski and Christian Löw (EMBL Hamburg), the cryo-EM multi-user facility and the protein production team at the CSSB. The project will combine the groups expertise and the outstanding technological infrastructure at the CSSB to determine protein interaction networks and the structural biology of membrane protein complexes in the transmissible gametocyte stages of P. falciparum.

We offer a fully funded PhD position and the possibility to work on an exciting and intellectual challenging project in the field of P. falciparum biology. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to use cutting-edge technologies in the fields of cell and structural biology, including the possibility to get training in cryo-EM at our in-house cryo-EM multi-user facility. Our lab is located in the new CSSB building on the DESY campus in Hamburg. The institute brings together labs from ten different research institutions focussing on infection biology. It provides a lively and collaborative research environment with access to world-class core facilities and outstanding resources and support. In addition, Hamburg is frequently among the most liveable cities in the world, has a large cultural offering, nice surroundings and is simply a fun place to live in.


A university degree in a relevant field.

We are looking for a candidate with a high level of motivation, dedication to experiments, openness to learn new techniques and a collaborative mindset. An extensive background in cell and molecular biology, with a master’s degree in molecular cell biology, biochemistry, structural biology or an equivalent discipline is a prerequisite. Experience working with Plasmodium, cryo-EM, or mass spectrometry techniques is certainly an advantage.

We offer

Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
Continuing education opportunities
University pensions
Attractive location
Flexible working hours
Work-life balance opportunities
Reduced rates available for a HVV-Proficard (transit pass) and much more
Health management
Educational leave
30 days of vacation per annum

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

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