The Decker laboratory investigates molecular mechanisms of the host defense against microbes. We are offering the possibility to perform a master thesis within the framework of a joint project with Boehringer Ingelheim, a Vienna-based pharmaceutical company.
The project aim is to study the antimicrobial activity of γδ T cells, a cell population belonging with the group of unconventional T cells that help to defend epithelial barriers against microbial invasion.
The successful candidate will establish epithelial cells as platform for infection with the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. Co-culture of infected epithelial cells and γδ T cells will be established to analyze the impact of CRISPR knock-outs of selected candidate genes on the killing of the infected cells by γδ T cells. The project will unravel new molecular components of the antimicrobial immune response.
● communication and social skills for effective teamwork
● curious and creative mind
● endurance and problem-solving skills
● organized and focused
● fluency in English
● hands-on experience in molecular and cell biology
The position is immediately available.
To apply please send a CV and a cover letter to: