The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute is one of the world’s leading research institutes in the fields of animal diseases, animal welfare, animal husbandry, animal nutrition and farm animal genetics. It belongs to the business area of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and informs and advises the Federal Government in these fields.

At the headquarters in Greifswald – Insel Riems, the Institute for International Animal Health / One Health has the following vacancies

doctoral position (m/f/d)

in the context of the qualification on the topic “Transboundary and Neglected Diseases of the Wildlife-Domestic Ruminant Interface in Africa”. The position is temporary for 36 month and is offered as a part-time position with 65% of the regular weekly working time (currently 25.35 hours).


The post holder will undertake the following scientific tasks:

  • Organising and carrying out the collection of biological sample materials and (meta-)data     from livestock and wildlife in East Africa.
  • Processing and analysing collected sample materials and data in the laboratory in      East Africa and on the Isle of Riems
  • Writing scientific publications
  • Co-supervision of a Kenyan MSc thesis


  • University degree in natural sciences, veterinary medicine or comparable subjects
  • English spoken and written

Advantageous are:

  • Experience in distance immobilisation as well as telemetry
  • Laboratory experience in the field of infectious disease research
  • Experience of travelling and/or working in Africa

The work includes several stays in East Africa (focus on Kenya and Tanzania). Therefore, in addition to motivation, social competence and the ability to work in a team, we also expect the willingness and ability to travel abroad, the ability to work under pressure, as well as good work organisation and flexibility, especially when working in the partner country.

In addition to a challenging and varied job in a scientifically interesting environment, we offer you an excellent research infrastructure, collaboration in a highly motivated team as well as interesting further training opportunities within the framework of our graduate school.

The job may involve working in a biosecurity environment, which requires a security clearance according to the Security Clearance Act (Sicherheitsüberprüfungsgesetz, SÜG) and special protective measures against health hazards. Menatal and physical suitability is therefore a prerequisite for filling the position.

Besides an interesting and diverse job in a highly motivated international scientific environment and an experienced team, we offer a position according to the collective agreement of the public service (pay group 13 TVöD- Bund, tarif area east).

Our company is committed to a family-friendly working environment through flexible working hours and the basic option of part-time employment. Our social benefits include a company health and reintegration management system, a company social counselling service, company pension plans and capital-forming benefits.

The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute is committed to inclusion. Applications from people with severe disabilities are therefore expressly welcome. They will be given preferential consideration in the selection process.

In line with our international orientation, we welcome applications from people of all nationalities and ethnicities.

For further information, please contact Mr. PD Dr. Sascha Knauf, Tel. +49 (0)38351-74850 (

We look forward to receiving your application. Please send your complete application by e-mail to the following e-mail address  latest 13. November 2021 and indicate in the subject line: position 086/21. Please address written applications to the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, Department of Human Resources, Postfach 1318 in 17466 Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany. Acknowledgement of receipt as well as communication during the advertisement process will be made by mail.

Luftbild Insel Riems, 2014 (© FLI)

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