PhD & MD/PhD position

The Research Training Group 1949 welcomes applications for a PhD/ MD/PhD position for a 3-year structured program.The RTG 1949 focuses on the interaction between innate and adaptive immunity in infectious diseases and offers an outstanding scientific education in the fields of infectious diseases and immunity to excellent young academics from natural sciences and medicine.

The following institutes are involved in the RTG 1949:

  • Immunology (Essen)
  • Medical Microbiology (Düsseldorf & Essen)
  • Virology (Düsseldorf & Essen)
  • Molecular Medicine II (Düsseldorf)
  • Experimental Trauma Surgery (Essen)

The 3-year structured program consists of scientific and clinical seminars, method courses, retreats, lab rotations, soft skill workshops etc. Successful candidates will be awarded the PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) or MD/PhD degree. The program is taught in English.


  • excellent graduation in the fields of medical biology, biology, medicine, biochemistry, or biotechnology (Master or equivalent)
  • proven interest in one or more of the above indicated research fields
  • highly motivated and committed
  • disposed to participate actively in the program of the RTG
  • disposed to work with laboratory animals (depending on the project)
  • excellent written and spoken English skills

Application details:

Please send your application including your curriculum vitae, covering letter and copies of all performance records and employment certificates in one pdf file only to Please refer to “Application RTG 1949” in the subject line. Only applications that fulfill all the formal requirements will be considered!

For further information, please contact Ms. Dr. Eva van Well   



MD fellowships

We are continuously recruiting for MD fellowships.

Medical students who are interested in the field of infection and/or immunology are offered the chance of being integrated into the research and qualification program at an early stage of their career. The fellowship comprises participation in the program for at least one year (6 months full time lab work plus lab work during semester breaks and lectures along with your studies), and participation in one annual retreat. The maximum duration of an individual MD fellowship will be 12 months. Please note that in order to participate in the program you need to take one semester off.


Medical students who would like to enter the MD program in preparation of their medical thesis should have completed their preclinical studies above average. Furthermore, you should be interested in experimental research.


Please submit your application including motivation letter and CV as one single pdf via e-mail.

For further information, please contact Ms. Dr. Eva van Well      


Research Training Group 1949
Immune Response in
Infectious Diseases -
Regulation between Innate
and Adaptive Immunity

Prof. Dr. Astrid Westendorf

Deputy: Prof. Dr. Jörg Timm
Deputy: Prof. Dr. Mirko Trilling

Coordination: Dr. Eva van Well

Phone: +49 201 723 35 88