Doctorates in cooperation with the Ragon Institute (funded from grants of the participating Ragon faculty members)


Head of Institute:
Prof. Dr. med. Klaus Überla


In the context of GRK2504, students graduating from FAU with a Master’s degree in a life science programme (e.g. Molecular Medicine, Integrated Immunology, Zell- und Molekularbiologie, Integrated Life Sciences) are selectively accepted to apply for doctoral training at the Ragon Institute to prepare for a “Dr. rer. nat.” degree by the Faculty of Sciences at the FAU. The doctoral training is supposed to start in autumn/winter 2020.

The Ragon Institute assembles world leading HIV researchers and immunologists. FAU graduates working at the Ragon Institute are funded by the participating researchers and they work on topics defined by their Ragon supervisors, but related to the research programme of GRK2504.

The following researchers are currently interested in motivated doctoral candidates from FAU:

We are looking for highly motivated graduate students from FAU holding or expecting to hold an excellent master’s degree in life sciences, preferentially with experience in immunology and infectious diseases. Enthusiasm for the research topics, a strong interest in translational aspects, and an intrinsic motivation for GRK2504 are expected.

Please submit your application including the following documents to Dr. Andrea Thoma-Kreß (

  • GRK2504 application form, completely filled
  • your application document as single PDF file (lastname_firstname.pdf) including

    • Cover letter / letter of motivation
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Transcript of records
    • Summary of research experience and/or master thesis
    • List of publications (if applicable)
    • Two letters of reference or phone numbers and e-mail addresses of two individuals that agreed to serve as referees

This call is open until March 15th, 2020. Our recruitment colloquium will take place in April 2020 at the Institute of Clinical and Molecular Virology, Erlangen, with GRK2504 members and the steering committee. Afterwards, Ragon faculty members will further select candidates (either via video interviews or personally).

Prof. Dr. med. Klaus Überla
phone: +49 9131 85-23563
fax: +49 9131 85-22101
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Dr. rer. nat Andrea Thoma-Kreß
phone: +49 9131 85-26429
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Karin Ertl
phone: +49 9131 85-25975
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