PhD position - Implementation of live vaccines against Theileriosis in Africa. Berlin, Germany


Department of Veterinary Medicine - Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine

Research assistant - PhD candidate

50% Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU

For a limited period of 3 years, starting as soon as possible

Work description

The Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine of the Freie Universität Berlin ( participates in a DFG funded project with six African partner institutes from Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania ( This network focuses on the evaluation and implementation of live vaccines against Theileriosis caused by Theileria annulata and Theileria parva in North and Eastern Africa. The candidate will study the genetic diversity of Theileria spp. in the field, maintain and develop strategies to transfect Theileria infected cell lines and participate in vaccination trials under field conditions.


We are looking for a highly motivated and creative person who is interested in working within a multidisciplinary team. The successful candidate must have a microbiology, immunology or veterinary degree and should be willing to travel and work in Africa for periods of up to several months. She/he will be enrolled as a PhD student at the doctoral studies program Biomedical Sciences at Dahlem Research School (DRS) of Freie Universität Berlin and is expected to complete her/his studies in accordance with valid regulations of the PhD degree program. Furthermore, she/he will be actively engaged in all activities relevant to the project and research group.


  • Experience or a strong interest in molecular biology and bioinformatics
  • Experience in molecular techniques and cell culture
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of German or willingness to learn German

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be made to Peter-Henning Clausen on +49 (0)30 838 62505. Please submit your electronic application in German or English (Ref.: WE13 / 0408501101) as one single pdf file that includes a letter of motivation, CV, certificates and name and email address of two referees by November 11th, 2014 to: Prof. Dr. Peter-Henning Clausen, Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Robert-von-Ostertag-Str. 7-13, D-14163 Berlin, Germany, E-mail: