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Postdoc position (E13 TV-L, 100%)
Interactions between infected macrophages and endothelial cells under shear fluid flow on an endothelium-on-chip device

To be filled as soon as possible. The position is initially limited to three years.

The Bastounis Lab in the Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology & Infection Medicine and the Loskill lab in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tübingen are looking to fill one Postdoctoral position (E13 TV-L, 100 %) as part of a collaborative research project funded by the Cluster of Excellence “Controlling Microbes to Fight Infections”, CMFI EXC 2124. The earliest starting date for this position will be on December 20th 2021.

The position is funded for a period of three years. The available position focuses on deciphering the interactions between endothelia and bacterially-infected macrophages in an endothelium-on-chip device.

Specific research project
One way that intracellular bacterial pathogens like L. monocytogenes spread systemically in vivo is by being carried from tissue to tissue within immune cells. Thus, it is critical to understand how infected immune cells transfer pathogens into endothelial cells or transmigrate through them. By co-culturing endothelial cells with infected macrophages in an endothelium-on-chip device that allows exposing cells to (patho)physiological shear fluid flow, we aim to explore the roles (1) of the mechanics of “donor macrophage” versus “recipient endothelial cell” during heterotypic bacterial transfer and (2) of the tensional forces of endothelial cells (that can be thought of as a proxy of the endothelial cell barrier integrity) in regulating infected-macrophage transmigration though the endothelium. 

Candidate profile:

The ideal candidate preferably brings along a degree that demonstrates an interdisciplinary background in both life and engineering sciences. While a background in host-pathogen interactions, cell biology, microscopy is a plus, a solid background in basic computer programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python etc.), image processing as well as microfluidics and microfabrication is also important to carry out the planned studies and analysis. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with excellent communication and initiative skills, who is excited to conduct interdisciplinary studies and can team up with the various scientists in the Bastounis lab ( and in the Loskill lab ( We offer work environment that is strongly stimulating with state-of-the-art infrastructure and various facilities (check the IMIT, CMFI and NMI websites) which will provide the successful applicant with unique opportunities to develop a strong interdisciplinary portfolio in microbiology, microscopy, cell biology, biomechanics and bioengineering.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Peter Loskill and Dr. Effie Bastounis by e-mail at and

Applications with a short cover/motivation letter, CV/biosketch, diploma(s) and two contacts for references should be sent via email to both principal investigators.

The University aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and urges suitably qualified women scientists to apply. Qualified international researchers are expressly invited to apply. Disabled persons with equal aptitude will be given preferential consideration.