The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) offers a structured PhD program. As a non-university research institute the BNITM is not eligible to award doctoral degrees. Accordingly, BNITM cooperates with universities – in particular with the graduate school of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Science (MINGS) at the University of Hamburg. Overall, the BNITM graduate school comprises around 40 PhD students, which usually complete their dissertation within three years.

Job offers are listed here.

Applications should be sent directly to the research groups that fit your qualifications and interests: Overview of research groups



LCI Internship 2018

Graduate School “Infectionof the Leibniz Center Infection (LCI)

The Leibniz Center Infection (LCI) is a strategic alliance of the North German Leibniz Institutes Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Lung Center (FZB) and Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI). The LCI focuses on global infections and links the complementary research of the three Leibniz institutes: tropical and emerging infections at BNITM, bacterial infections of the lung at FZB and viral diseases at HPI (

The alliance provides a three-year structured graduate program on “Infection”. This interdisciplinary program offers ambitious training and research opportunities in the fields of parasitology, immunology, bacteriology, virology, infection biology, and molecular-, cellular- and structural biology as well as pathobiology of infectious disease.

We invite applications for 4 doctoral positions

Graduates will work on cooperative projects from two LCI institutes in joint supervision. It is mandatory for each graduate to conduct at least 3 months of the research at the cooperating institute. 

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The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine is Germany’s largest institution for research, medical services and training in the field of tropical diseases and emerging infections ( The BNITM offers two doctoral positions:

Project 1 – "Immune evasion strategies of protozoan parasites via inhibitory receptors of Natural Killer Cells"; Main supervisor:  PD Dr. Thomas Jacob

Project 2 – "Analyses of the binding forces between Plasmodium falciparum infected erythrocytes and various human endothelial receptors – verification of an alternative cytoadhesion model "; Main supervisor: Prof Dr. Iris Bruchhaus 

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Project "Analyses of the binding forces between Plasmodium falciparum infected erythrocytes and 

The Research Center Borstel has its focus on biomedical research in pneumology, concentrating on infectious diseases of the lung – mainly tuberculosis ( The FZB offers one doctoral position:

Project – “Isolation and characterization of Mycobacterium tuberculosis-induced lipid droplets from human primary macrophages"; Main supervisor: PD Dr. Norbert Reiling. If you have project related questions, please contact

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Project "Analyses of the binding forces between Plasmodium falciparum infected erythrocytes and 

The Heinrich Pette Institute focuses on human pathogenic viruses with the aim of understanding viral diseases and developing novel therapeutic approaches ( The HPI offers one doctoral position:

Project – “Structural characterization of the replication complex of highly pathogenic negative strand RNA viruses“; Main Supervisor: Dr. Charlotte Uetrecht. 

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We are looking for highly motivated candidates with very good command of the English language. Candidates should hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural or Life Sciences. 

Starting date will be August 15st, 2018 or later. Salary will be according to German TVöD (salary agreement for public service employees). Applications from handicapped persons will be favored when all other qualifications are equal. The LCI institutes are equal opportunity employers.

The application should include a letter of motivation, CV, two letters of recommendation and a summary of the master/diploma thesis. Documents should be sent by July 1st, 2018 exclusively by email as single pdf-file (not exceeding 5 MB). Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be informed.

Project "Analyses of the binding forces between Plasmodium falciparum infected erythrocytes and various human endothelial receptors – verification of an alternative cytoadhesion model "

– Verification of an alternative cytoadhesion model –

Prof. Dr. Iris Bruchhaus (BNITM) und Prof. Dr. Thomas Gutsmann (FZB)

Plasmodium falciparum is responsible for the majority of malaria related morbidity and mortality in humans. The virulence of P. falciparum-infected erythrocytes (IEs) is due to their ability to evade the immune system and be sequestered in small blood vessels of vital organs, most frequently the small intestine, heart, lung and brain. IE cytoadhesion underpins the most severe pathological phenotypes observed in malaria, including blood flow obstruction, hypoxia, induction of inflammatory immune responses, endothelial dysfunction, tissue damage and, ultimately, organ failure, coma and death. Steps towards the development of an adjuvant antiadhesive therapy against malaria would be a great achievement to fight the disease. The detailed understanding of the interaction between P. falciparum ligands exposed on the surface of IEstheir cognate endothelial receptors may open new avenues for the development of targeted antimalarial therapies.This includes not only the identification of the receptor-ligand partners,but also the importance tounderstand the process of cytoadhesion in general as well as the forces that are involved in this process. The prime goal of this project is to test an alternative cytoadhesion model proposed by us, where a slow rolling over CD36 is at the centre of this process. The binding properties between IEs and various endothelial receptors should be characterized in detail using a laminar flow system, surface-acoustic wave biosensors andatomic force microscopy.

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