Post-doctoral fellow in tick-borne pathogens research - JH0823

Luxembourg Institute of Health
September 21, 2023
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  • Post-doctoral fellow in tick-borne pathogens research - JH0823

    ¨To revitalise tick-borne infections research in the Clinical and Applied Virology group (Dr Judith Hübschen) within the Department of Infection and Immunity, we are looking for an early stage post-doctoral fellow in tick-borne pathogens research.

    29, rue Henri Koch, Esch-sur-Alzette L-4354, Luxembourg

    21/08/2023 17:54:54

    Background Tick-borne diseases are a serious public health issue and will likely become even more relevant with tick species moving into new habitats as a consequence of climate change and new pathogens being introduced and getting established. Tick-borne pathogen surveillance is thus an important component of preparedness for new and emerging threats. While traditionally many tick surveillance activities were focussing on more rural areas, there is growing attention to the risk in urban settings such as public parks and city- associated recreational areas.

    Objectives We seek a highly motivated early stage post-doctoral fellow with experience in tick-borne pathogens research, who will collect ticks at various locations within Luxembourg, investigate them in the laboratory and characterize the pathogens and microorganisms they harbour. The candidate is expected to set up and apply detection protocols for tick-borne pathogens and to characterize these pathogens by sequencing, but also to develop together with the group leader a grant proposal to acquire additional funding for the research. Cooperation with local authorities and stakeholders will be required.

    Training and research environment. The candidate will be integrated in the Clinical and Applied Virology Group within the Department of Infection and Immunity and will be supervised by Dr Judith Hübschen. The candidate will work together with other researchers focusing on applied infectious disease research with the aim to provide scientific evidence for public and animal health decision makers. Dr Hübschen is also a partner in the PRAGMATICK COST action (https: // pragmatick-

  • PhD in Virology, Microbiology, Epidemiology or other related fields
  • A track record of laboratory and research experience in the field of tick- borne pathogens is mandatory
  • Experience in setting up and optimizing detection PCRs
  • Expertise in Sanger/next-generation sequencing and in the analysis of epidemiological data
  • Knowledge in data analysis and statistics using R, Python or Stata is considered an asset
  • Experience with mosquito-borne infections is a plus
  • Willingness to travel within Luxembourg to collect ticks
  • Fluency in English is mandatory; knowledge of French is considered an asset
  • Keen interest in applied and public health research
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving capacities
  • Determination to overcome hurdles and successfully conclude research studies (perseverance)
  • Good organizational skills, excellent time management, rigour, autonomy, open to constructive criticism
  • Sense of priority and ability to work with people with different background and culture
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • The candidate will have the opportunity to work in an interactive and international scientific environment. Research staff is supported by easy access to scientific expertise, well-equipped facilities and an active seminar program. Various training opportunities including research, communication, project management and other skills are offered by LIH.


  • Contract type : 2-year fixed-term contract

  • Work hours : Full-Time

  • Location : Esch-sur-Alzette

  • Start date : November 2023

  • Ref : MC/PDINF0823/JH/INF3


    Applications including a cover letter and a curriculum vitae should be sent through our website via the apply button below. Please apply ONLINE formally through this web page. Applications by email will not be considered. All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


    The LIH is an equal opportunities employer. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

    The LIH is attentive to gender representation among its leadership staff and aims to eliminate obstacles to the recruitment and promotion of female leaders and their career development.

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