The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique non-university research center which is dedicated to the subject dementia and all its areas, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. The center compasses the full spectrum of fundamental research through population sciences to health care research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research and science management, translation of scientific results into practice, interdisciplinarity and internationalization. It is a research center within the Helmholtz Organization of German research centers. With over 1000 employees from 55 nations, spread over 10 sites, the DZNE is one of the national and international leading research centers in its research field. 

PhD student (f/m/d)

Code: 1648/2019/8

The DZNE in Bonn is looking for a PhD student (f/m/d) to join the research group of PD Dr. Marc Beyer in association with the DFG-funded International Research Training Group (IRTG 2168) between the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn/Germany and the University of Melbourne/Australia to study CNS immunity.

The Bonn & Melbourne Research and Graduate School (Bo&MeRanG) focuses on the role of innate and adaptive immunity in the context of tissue homeostasis, inflammation & infections. Students will perform the core of their PhD project in Bonn and will spend up to 1 year in Melbourne, jointly supervised by internationally leading principal investigators from both universities. Successful completion results in a joint PhD, which is jointly awarded by the University of Bonn and the University of Melbourne.

The Beyer lab is interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of immunoregulatory processes in T cells and myeloid cells and their influence on the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases. The lab is using modern single-cell Omics technologies (RNA & epigenome) as well as multi-parameter flow cytometry to characterize the contribution of T cells and myeloid cells to neurodegeneration using genetically modified mouse models. The application of modern genome editing technologies (CRISPR/Cas9), both for transcriptional reprogramming of cells as well as generation of mouse models, is a further focus of the group.

Your tasks

The successful candidate will conduct a research project at the interface of single-cell genomics and molecular immunology focusing on the characterization of CNS tissue-resident T cells in murine model systems of inflammation and neurodegeneration supervised in Bonn by PD Dr. Marc Beyer and in Melbourne by his collaborator Prof. Dr. Axel Kallies (Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity, University of Melbourne).

You will conduct your own research project, collaborate with PhD and postdoctoral researchers as well as national and international partners. The goal is to publish our work in outstanding scientific journals. For further details please contact PD Dr. Beyer (tel. +49 228 43302 565).


We are seeking outstanding, enthusiastic and self-motivated scientists who wish to advance in their academic training and consolidate the research experience in immunology, molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics.

  • Well-organized and pro-active with an outstanding university degree (Master or equivalent) in a relevant biomedical subject, preferably in the field of immunology, genomics or bioinformatics
  • Experience in relevant immunological or genomic techniques
  • Applicants should have basic skills in existing tools for genomic/transcriptomic/epigenomic analysis and some programming experience (R, Python, unix shell scripts)
  • Prior experience with transgenic animal models or human material, flow cytometry, or next-generation sequencing is of advantage
  • Be interested in implementing new methods and improving current protocols
  • Good communication and team-working skills
  • Showing initiative and flexibility, also regarding working hours when required, will be desirable qualities
  • The ability to work in an international team
  • Excellent communication and social skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills are also mandatory for participation in the Bo&MeRanG program. Acceptable proof of language proficiency includes but is not limited to a master’s degree from a program taught in English, IELTS Band 7 or higher, TOEFL iBT > 94, Cambridge AE (C1) > 185 points.


We offer

  • An interesting and challenging task in a research center that works on the future topics of health research
  • A strongly cooperative and supportive international environment with state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment
  • A high potential for the individual development of our employees
  • Targeted personnel development
  • PhD projects will be fully embedded in the coordinated training programs at both locations, e.g. the Bonn International Graduate School (BIGS) Immunosciences and Infection (
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes.

Candidates can apply by submitting their credentials, CV and motivation letter to the address below. Applications will be considered on an on-going basis, and we encourage interested candidates to apply immediately for the open positions. Candidates fulfilling the selection criteria will be interviewed by VC or in person. 




Contact details

Herr Dr. Marc Beyer

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other research institutes

Application deadline

September 20th, 2019

You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. The DZNE is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.