Working at Hiri
HIRI as an employer
At the HIRI, we do not just value excellent research. Short distances, an open door policy, and a good working atmosphere—this is what distinguishes us from others.
Those of you who want to take the first step towards a career in research will find themselves in good hands at the HIRI. In addition to two graduate programs, the HIRI regularly offers additional doctoral positions through individual labs at the institute.
- » Graduate program “RNA & Infection“
- » Graduate program “RNAmed“
- » PhD positions through individual labs
The HIRI not only offers PhD students the opportunity to gain a foothold in science. Postdocs can also further strengthen their scientific profile at the Helmholtz Institute in Würzburg. The HIRI research groups are regularly on the lookout for highly talented scientists to push their research forward.
At the HIRI, we support parents. To help HIRI parents reconcile science and family, the institute offers a variety of benefits especially for them:
- » daycare in Würzburg's city center
- » a parent-child office
- » emergency childcare
- » boxes with toys
Leica Thunder, LabCyte Echo, Illumina Miniseq, C-Trap… In order to conduct research at the highest level, scientists need the right equipment. The following devices can be used at HIRI:
- » pipetting robots
- » anaerobic workstations
- » HPLC and LC/MS
- » devices for single-cell isolation and RNA sequencing
- » instruments for the analysis of molecular interactions (e.g. microscale thermophoresis, C-Trap)
- » high-quality microscopes for live-cell imaging
- » FPLC
The HIRI embraces internationality. More than 100 employees from over 20 nations work at the Würzburg research institute.
- » France
- » USA
- » India
- » Ireland
- » China
- » Ukraine
- » Italy
- » Egypt
…she/her, he/him, they/them …
HIRI is diverse, and that is a good thing. At our research institute, people of different genders, ages, cultures, and disciplines work closely together. HIRI stands for
- » equal opportunities
- » diversity
- » internationality
HZI/HIRI have signed the German corporate initiative "Charta der Vielfalt" (Diversity Charta). Its aim is to foster diversity in companies and institutions. As supporters of the initiative, we are committed to promoting acceptance, appreciation and integration of diversity in the workplace. Click here to learn more.
Those who do not want to start an apprenticeship or enroll at a university right after school can do a voluntary year in science at the HIRI. Volunteers take a look behind the scenes of a dynamic research institute. In doing so, they can support HIRI—depending on their interests and skills—in numerous fields:
- » administration
- » press relations
- » IT
- » laboratory
- In this video, our former volunteers, Laura and Paula, demonstrate what a day at the HIRI can look like.
The HIRI is not only training the next generation of researchers but meanwhile also an IT specialist for system integration. At our institute, IT trainees will learn how
- » to set up and maintain hardware, including those in our security labs
- » to plan, configure, and network both our IT systems and programs
- » to help out in first-level support
- » to take on small projects themselves
…anyone new in Würzburg
Ranging from wine sommelier to theatergoer to night owl, the dynamic university city of Würzburg caters to everyone. Favorite places of our HIRI employees include
- » the Würzburg vineyards
- » the botanical garden
- » the Fortress
- » the Residenz
- » the skate park
- » the banks of the Main river
At a glance: Working at HIRI
We do research for the future of medicine
Infectious diseases such as Covid-19 threaten the world's population. Bacteria learn to adapt to antibiotics and become a danger as multidrug-resistant pathogens. We are researching future solutions for RNA-based medicine that will open up new approaches in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of diseases.
We work with innovative technologies
We offer state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge technologies such as single-cell analysis, RNA sequencing, and CRISPR-based methods to foster scientific progress and interdisciplinary collaboration.
We strive for the highest performance
We focus on a close integration of research and management and strive for excellence inside and outside the laboratory.
We are among the world's best
Bavaria, with its strong scientific location in Würzburg, plays a leading role in RNA research. Our scientists have proven expertise in infection biology, microbiology, pathogen-host interaction, RNA biology, single cell analysis, bioinformatics and biochemistry, among others.
We are a powerful multinational team
More than 100 employees from over 20 nations currently work at HIRI. From the Würzburg Medical Campus, we conduct research and work in an international network, and we regularly organize internal and external specialist events to facilitate exchange and knowledge transfer.
We foster the next generation of scientists
We offer fully funded doctoral positions and other funding opportunities to prepare talented young scientists for a career in research or industry.
We promote equal opportunities and competencies
We are committed to equal opportunities and competencies for our employees. We value diversity and strive for equal professional opportunities for all gender identities.
We provide a good working atmosphere
We have created a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible working hours and part-time models, a day care for children in cooperation with the city of Würzburg, a parent-child room and regular social activities to ensure a good work-life balance.
Features & Stories
Graduate Program "RNA & Infection"
Graduate Program "RNAmed - Future Leaders in RNA-based Medicine"
Our location Würzburg