PhD Microbiome Research (all gender) I Beiersdorf

At Beiersdorf, we want to help people feel good about their skin – and our commitment goes far beyond caring for skin. For 140 years, we have developed innovative skin and body care products for well-known brands such as NIVEA, Eucerin, La Prairie, Hansaplast, and Labello. We act according to our purpose, WE CARE BEYOND SKIN, and take responsibility for our consumers, our employees, the environment and society. 

Behind every brand, every product and every accomplishment are our more than 20,000 employees. It is for them that we live an inclusive culture of respect and trust that is strongly aligned with our values – CARE, COURAGE, SIMPLICITY and TRUST. We also embrace diversity by valuing the uniqueness of each individual and being committed to equal opportunities for all.

Your Tasks

We offer excellent opportunities for researchers who would like to do their PhD thesis in our supporting Research & Development environment. With more than 450 researchers, our main Skin Research Centre in Hamburg is one of the largest and most advanced in Germany - and one of the most important in the world. At our Microbiome Research unit we analyze the skin’s microbiome and its role in skin biology using state-of-the-art NGS technologies in combination with culture-dependent approaches.

The PhD thesis aims to deeply understand the complex system of skin microbial communities, their interaction with the human host and to create new treatment approaches for different skin conditions. The project combines a wide range of biochemical, microbiological and omics techniques, including purification and downstream analysis of bacterial peptides, sequencing, bioinformatics as well as enrichment and characterization of skin microorganisms.

The successful PhD candidate will:

  • Perform multiple (comparative) genomic analyses
  • Perform physiological experiments with skin microorganisms
  • Identify approaches to alter the skin microbiome
  • Establish options for new skin treatments

As a PhD student at Beiersdorf, you will enjoy several benefits:

  • Highly relevant and challenging scientific topics
  • Supervision by senior researchers from Beiersdorf and their scientific partners

Your Profile

  • Master’s degree in Microbiology / Biochemistry / Molecular Life Sciences or aligned field
  • Strong background in Microbiology/ Microbial Ecology /Biochemistry
  • Experienced in Microbial Genomics / analyzing NGS data / Bioinformatics
  • Ideally familiar in handling big data sets

Additional information

At Beiersdorf, we embrace Diversity and aim to provide equal opportunities to all of our applicants – regardless of e.g. gender, sexual identity, nationality, ethnicity, religion or ideology, disability or age. We would therefore kindly ask you to include only information and data in your documents which are relevant for the assessment of your application (e.g. curriculum vitae with relevant references and certificates). For instance, please feel free to upload your CV without a picture. If you have any questions, please contact our recruiter >name< via

Job Details

Contract Type:
Limited, 3 Years / Full-Time
Country / City:
Germany / Hamburg
Beiersdorf AG
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