The Institute of Immunology offers a wide range of activities. From technical assistance to doctoral and postdoctoral positions with involvement in research and teaching activities.

Laboratory work in immunology: from isolation of primary single cells to expression analysis and flow cytometric measurements. Photo: Gottfried Alber


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Postdoctoral positions

Currently there are no vacancies, but unsolicited applications are welcome.

Positions for technical personnel

Currently there are no vacancies, but unsolicited applications are welcome.

Open doctoral projects

If you are interested in doing a PhD at the Institute of Immunology, we look forward to receiving your application.  Please ask us about topics for possible doctoral theses.

Perhaps the following position will be of interest to you:

Doctoral/PhD opportunity: Functional analysis of canine non-conventional TCRαβ+ CD4-CD8α- double-negative T cells

A 3-years Doctoral/PhD position will be available starting in August/September 2021 in a DFG (German Research Foundation)-funded project at the Institute of Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (E13/14, 65%, 3 years).

Are you an enthusiastic future doctoral/PhD student interested in contributing to our research on canine non-conventional T cells?

As the succesful candidate you will study the function of canine TCRαβ+ CD4-CD8α- double-negative (dn) T cells focussing on previously identified subsets which may play important roles during immune homeostasis and inflammation (Rabiger et al., 2019, Frontiers Immunology). In this basic research project state-of-the art methods of immunology and molecular biology will be applied: Isolation and culture of primary immune cells from canine peripheral blood, fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), analysis of T cell responses by multi-color flow cytometry and single-cell RNA in situ hybridization, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), reverse transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR), as well as single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) and 5’ RACE (rapid amplification of cDNA ends).

We offer an exciting interdisciplinary working environment. An international collaboration is involved in the multifaceted PhD project. Furthermore, the Institute of Immunology ( is integrated in the Center for Biotechnology and Biomedicine (BBZ), Centre for Infectious Diseases (ZIM) and other centers of the College of Veterinary Medicine (VMF) and life science research at Leipzig University.

As the pre-doctoral fellow you will receive extensive mentoring by the PI, Dr. Maria Eschke, and participate in additional seminars at the College of Veterinary Medicine (Vet-spA) and Leipzig University (Research Academy Leipzig, RAL).


  • Degree in veterinary medicine, biology, biochemistry, life sciences (state exam or M.Sc.) or equivalent fields of study
  • Motivation for and previous experience in science / laboratory work (minimum one research work experience/internship or equivalent)
  • Hands-on experience with primary cells and experience in flow cytometry is preferable
  • Commitment to a basic research position for three years
  • Open-minded work and social habits, interest in teamwork and suitable soft skills
  • Very good communication skills in English (min. B1 or equivalent)
  • Data analysis and writing skills are advantageous

Please provide a cover letter with your research interest and motivation, your CV, certificates and possible references via email. We seek self-motivated, creative and dedicated individuals to work in this highly collaborative and interdisciplinary lab. Contact Maria Eschke (maria.eschke(at) for questions and send your application!

Faculty beagles are seeking a new graduate student to study an interesting population of T cells in dogs, Photo: Colourbox

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