Cellular immunoregulation of human T cells

Postdoctoral position – Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene at the Technical University Munich


We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the Technical University Munich.


Our group is interested in the cellular immunoregulation of human T cells in health and disease. We particularly focus on questions related to T helper cell differentiation, maintenance of cytokine memories and functional plasticity of T cells in settings of infections as well as chronic inflammatory diseases. We have recently established the existence of pro- and anti-inflammatory human Th17 cell subsets (Zielinski et al. Nature 2012) and have described a novel T helper cell subset, which is specialized in the production of GM-CSF with implications for the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (Noster et al., Sci Transl Med 2014).


The new team member will have the opportunity to engage in projects related to the phenotypic and functional characterization of tissue resident T cells. We are particularly interested in how an immunological memory is established and maintained in peripheral tissues in homeostatic or inflamed conditions. We are also interested in studying innate properties of human T cells and their response to pathogenic or commensal microbiota.


Candidates should be highly motivated. Previous experience in immunology and basic immunological techniques such as flow cytometry and cell culture techniques will be beneficial. Candidates should also be enthousiastic about working in an international collaborative research environment.

Enquiries and applications should be made to Christina Zielinski (Christina.zielinski@tum.de). Please include a CV, brief summary of your previous work experience, a short statement of why you chose to apply for this position, contact information of referees and dates when you which to start the position.