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2017 PhD Position in Mathematical Biology, Germany

The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the Braunschweig Integrated Centre of Systems Biology (BRICS) offers a position as “PhD student in Mathematical Biology” at the Department of Systems Immunology.

You will be embedded in a strong team of modelers headed by Michael Meyer-Hermann with expertise in a wide range of quantitative modelling methods, including Spatio-temporal techniques and application to a large range of biological problems.



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You are expected to actively contribute with new ideas to research projects in the field of infection and immunity. Beyond support by the Department, you will be supported by a strong group of clinicians at the Medical School of Hannover and international experimental collaborators in the field of T cell immunology. Our collaborators provide us with experimental and clinical data including human data, which will be used for validation of in silico predictions and distinction of competing for mechanistic hypotheses. The insights provided by in silico simulations are essential for our collaborators and clinicians to better understand the dynamics of the complex immune system, to evaluate the efficacy of existing therapies, to optimise them, and to suggest new ones. Therefore, an applied contribution from your PhD work to the field of infection and immunology is expected.

Course Level: award is available for pursuing the PhD program.

Study Subject: award is awarded in Mathematical Biology.


  • The successful candidate will be educated in one of the following disciplines:
    Theoretical Biology, Mathematical Biology, Computational Biology, Computer Sciences, Physics, Mathematics or other quantitative sciences.
  • A background in dynamic system analysis (differential equations), or strong programming skills (obtaining numerical solutions of differential equations, implementing agent-based simulations, data visualizations, etc.) are expected. Good written and spoken English is required.
  • Severely disabled applicants will be favoured if equally qualified.

Starting date: As soon as possible (initial appointment for 3 years)
Probation period: 6 months

The HZI is a research centre under the roof of the Helmholtz Society, which is a world leading and powerful institution funding basic and applied research in natural sciences. HZI is narrowly connected to the Universities of Braunschweig and Hannover as well as to the Medical School in Hannover and is, thus, embedded in a dense environment of fundamental research and clinical application in Biology, Infection, and Immunology. The HZI has proven in the past to provide excellent support for the appointed scientists in order to promote their career.

How to Apply: For further information, please contact jobs-at-theoretical-biology.de.

Application Deadline: Contact Employer

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