The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a world-leading internationally oriented research center, committed to discovering new approaches to prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases. To this end, researchers at ten DZNE sites across Germany pursue a translational and interdisciplinary strategy comprising five interconnected areas: fundamental research, clinical research, health care research, population health science, and systems medicine.

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d) in Experimental/Molecular Immunology

Code: 1027/2021/11

The group of Dr. Marc Beyer (DZNE Bonn site) is recruiting for a full-time postdoctoral position (39 hours per week). The position is available for an initial period of two years with possible extension. The employment is intended to start as soon as possible or upon agreement.

The main research interest of the Beyer group lies in the characterization of molecular events in adaptive and innate immune cells resulting in their activation and functional reprogramming in chronic inflammation. In the project relevant for this position, we are specifically interested in transcriptional, epigenetic and metabolic events orchestrating the programming of regulatory T cells (Treg cells). We want to combine single-cell omics with other OMICS-technologies and genetic engineering as a model for the discovery and validation of cellular heterogeneity and identify key molecular drivers of Treg cell and TH17 cell differentiation.

For more general information, please also visit the website of the Beyer group

Your tasks

In this project, the successful candidate will analyze tissue from animal models as well as human patients, using a range of methodological approaches, such as single-cell RNA-sequencing, high-parameter flow cytometry, genetic engineering using CRISPR/Cas9, bioinformatics and others to determine new aspects of Treg cell and TH17 cell biology with a focus on neurodegeneration and chronic inflammation.


For this project, we are seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented PostDoc, with a strong interest in immunology and very good English proficiency. German language skills are a major advantage.

The applicant should hold a PhD or MD/PhD degree in immunology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, molecular biology or similar topics.

The successful candidate should have prior experience either in immunobiology, molecular biology and/or high throughput sequencing techniques as well as bioinformatics.

Methodological experience in multicolor flow cytometry, transcriptomics, animal experimentation and computational biology/bioinformatics (using R or Python) is expected. Experience in single-cell omics, confocal microscopy and gene targeting is advantageous.

We expect a highly motivated and independently working candidate with a good publication track record and willingness to work in a diverse team with international scientists who is interested to participate in supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.

We offer

  • A well-funded project at the leading edge of immunology, within the emerging field of immunometabolism and immunogenomics
  • Excellent scientific infrastructure and state-of-the-art methodologies
  • An international environment characterized by a strong focus on science and research
  • A high potential for individual development of our employees (including targeted personnel development)
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD Bund)

Please submit your application using the online system, consisting of your CV (incl. two references) and a brief cover letter (max. 1 page) stating your motivation for and prior experience relating to this project.

If you have further questions, please contact Interviews will take place by video conference, with a possible on-site visit to Bonn. The position is available immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled (with a possible starting date being February 1st, 2022).

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Contact details

Dr. Marc Beyer

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline

December 31st, 2021

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