Postdoc (gn*) focus population-based epidemiology, neuro-psychiatric and infectious diseases

Stellenkennung:  8385

(*gn=gender neutral)

The Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine at the University of Münster offers a position, limited to 3 years with the option of extension.

Full-time with 38.5 (hours/week)
Salary according to German TV-L E13

We seek a scientist with an interest in population-based epidemiology and causal inference to join the Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine. The research groups of Klaus Berger and André Karch investigate the interplay of infectious and non-communicable diseases with a specific focus on neurologic and psychiatric disorders. We have an extensive web of collaborations both in Germany and abroad and we use epidemiological and statistical methods to address important research questions in the area of population-based cohort data. The institute conducts several large cohort studies (including the German National Cohort (NAKO Gesundheitsstudie) and the BiDirect Study) with various levels of clinical data, 'omics’ and imaging data available.

Prerequisites: We are interested in recruiting a talented and highly motivated individual with an academic degree (PhD, doctorate) in epidemiology / medicine / statistics / public health. Experience in the analysis of cohort data and the use of epidemiological and statistical methods to observational data (e.g. in a PhD thesis) is required. Interest and experience in neurologic, psychiatric and/or infectious diseases is desired, computational skills are essential. Most importantly are an inquisitive mind and the desire to adapt methodology to questions of substantive biological importance and clinical relevance.

We have an open mind as to the skills profile of a successful candidate for this advert. Please note, the position is alternatively available as a PhD position. In this case it is limited to 65% in order to provide the time to fulfill the necessary PhD requirements of the University of Münster.


The ideal candidate should have

  • strong background in epidemiology, medicine, public health or biostatistics with keen interest for applied research questions
  • good programming skills (R preferred, Stata, SAS or Python also possible)
  • good communication skills in German and English

What we offer:

  • Interesting and versatile projects with challenging tasks
  • Support for personal development and training (e.g. structured development of leadership competencies)
  • Excellent computational facilities and access to different cohort studies, patient registers and biomaterials
  • Training and work in a multidisciplinary, international and committed research team
  • If you already hold a PhD, we offer the postdoctoral lecture qualification

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Klaus Berger, T 0251-83-55650 or Prof. Dr. André Karch, T 0251 83-55646.

We are looking forward to your online-application until 29.02.2024!


The University Hospital of Münster is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. Such a position cannot be achieved by size and medical successes alone. The individual commitment counts above all. We need your commitment so that even with little things we can achieve great things for our patients. There are many possibilities open for you so that you may develop with them.

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