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Working with us means joining a research institute within the University of Bonn that is dedicated to the promotion of talented young researchers. It means the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in a multidisciplinary, resource-rich environment where people come together to collaborate, share ideas and inspire each other's research aspirations. 

Current job vacancies

Postdoctoral Position in Immunometabolism at the LIMES Institute, University of Bonn

The University of Bonn belongs to Germany’s most recognized institutions for research and higher education and was awarded the status of a University of Excellence in 2019. The Life & Medical Sciences (LIMES) Institute is an interdisciplinary institute for basic biomedical research, with a scientific focus on the regulation of lipid metabolism and the immune system in health and disease.

The group of Prof. Dr. Irmgard Förster at the LIMES Institute, Department of Immunology and Environment, is recruiting for a full-time postdoctoral position (38.5 hours per week). The position is available for an initial period of two years with possible extension. The employment is intended to start in March 2021 or upon agreement.

Research background:

The main research interest of the Förster group lies in the reaction of the immune system to various environmental factors, such as allergens, toxins and food constituents. In the project relevant for this position, we are specifically interested in immunometabolic processes and the influence of environmental factors on the development of metabolic syndrome in response to high caloric diet. The working group is embedded in the DFG-funded cluster of excellence “ImmunoSensation2” and participates in the newly established collaborative research center (CRC) 1454 “Metaflammation and Cellular Programming”. For further information please refer to and


  • Applicants should hold a PhD or MD/PhD degree in immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology or similar topics
  • Research background in metabolism, immunobiology, animal experimentation and/or genetics/gene targeting
  • Methodological experience in multicolor flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, cell signaling, transcriptomics and computational biology/bioinformatics is advantageous
  • Good communication skills and fluency in English are essential • We expect a highly motivated and independently working candidate with a good publication track record and willingness to work in a diverse team with international scientists
  • Interest to participate in teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students

We offer:

  • A thriving academic environment
  • A professional career development program
  • Participation in the university-wide pension system (VBL)
  • Access to extensive university sports program
  • A salary based on the TV-L scale (E13, 100%)

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. Applications from suitable candidates with a certified disability or equivalent status are particularly welcome.

For further information, please contact Professor Irmgard Förster by email:

Please send your complete application as 1 combined PDF file including cover letter, CV, list of references (full address, incl. email and phone number), and list of publications by January 22nd, 2021 to

Information for non-academic staff:

Position vacancies for non-academic staff will be advertised on this page and that of the University of Bonn.

Opportunities for Academic Staff and Students

For people interested in studying with us, please visit our Education and Training page for more details on study courses and application information.  

People holding fellowships at any career level, are strongly encouraged to apply directly to the lab head of a specific research group of interest at any time. Information regarding German Research Funding opportunities can be found below.

International staff and students are also encouraged to visit our International LIMES page for more helpful links and information about life at the LIMES institute.

Funding and Support

There are many funding streams supporting scientists transitioning from different labs, countries and career levels. Ranging from organizations such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), EMBO, and foundations such as the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, to programs including the Human Frontiers Science Program, you will find something suitable for you. 

To help kick-start start your research, the Research in Germany website provides comprehensive information about the German research funding system, funding organizations and funding programs for international researchers at all career levels. 

Tip: Funding databases offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and EURAXESS are a great tool to help dissect relevant fellowship opportunities. 

In addition, the Human Resource Development team at the University of Bonn offers both researchers and technical and administrative staff members a wide range of consultation offers and seminars.

Living and working in Bonn

The city of Bonn, on the river Rhine with a population of 320,000 is a vibrant, multicultural university town and ideal location for our institute. The university district is dominated by the ‘Bonner’ youth and numerous cafés, restaurants and bars add to the lively atmosphere in the inner city. Bonn is the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, who lived here for over 20 years before his life took him to Vienna. It is a cultural center that hosts prestigious concerts and exhibitions, attracting over 1 million visitors from around the world to its Museum Mile each year.

The city is also home to 18 United Nations organizations and several world-class research and education institutions. The international University of Bonn (German: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) was founded in its present form in 1818, by King Frederick William III of Prussia and is now one of Germany's most reputable institutions of higher learning with over 30,000 students. Among its most famous alumni are seven Nobel Prize winners, fourteen laureates of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, two winners of the Fields Medal, Pope Benedict XVI, Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, Konrad Adenauer, Joseph Schumpeter and Friedrich Nietzsche. It is also one of the German universities, which was included as part of the Excellence Initiative in the funding lines the Cluster of Excellence and Graduate Schools.