Dr. Andrea Thorn.

Student Assistant at the CSTF

We are an international team of researchers and students evaluating and improving the three-dimensional molecular structures of coronaviruses. We also informing the scientific and general public about advances in SARS-CoV-2 research on social media and our homepage

We are on the lookout for student assistants for various tasks and projects, including—but not limited to—the following:

Web Design

We like our website a lot, but there's always room for improvement! New functionalities are waiting to be implemented, like an automated database query to display the most up-to-date information about our structure repositories. You get the chance to put your knowledge in search engine optimization (SEO) to good use with us or help us make our public outreach more appealing.

Useful skills: WordPress, Oxygen, HTML, PHP, CSS, MySQL, SEO

Science Journalism

One of the major challenges of the pandemic is keeping the general public informed about the scientific findings concerning SARS-CoV-2, communicate the reasons for the restrictions we have to put up with during the pandemic and raise interest in academic research in general. By writing exciting and informative blog posts for our website, you will be able to reach a broad audience and train your skills in science communication!

Useful skills: relevant scientific background, writing & blogging, science communication & journalism

Media Design

Science communication is about more than just writing texts. To convey complicated facts to a recipient without scientific background in a simple and effective way, well designed infographics and videos are a useful tool. Whether to make necessary measures of hygiene more accessible for the public or to produce teaching material on coronaviruses for German schools, you will be able to resort to creative ideas and active support of the entire team!

Useful skills: image & video processing software, artistic talent, creativity

Structural Analysis

We are continuously monitoring all structure solutions for SARS-CoV-2 proteins available and emerging world-wide, validate and refine them, and make them available for use by scientists and drug designers everywhere. With this huge repository of cutting-edge data at our disposal just waiting to be thoroughly analyzed, our group is perfectly equipped to tackle exciting questions of structural biology!

Useful skills: structural biology, bioinformatics, COOT

3D Modelling

Proteins are structurally complicated molecules, and their spatial conformation heavily affects their biochemical function. Solving the structures of proteins is often a formidable task, but so is the useful and appealing visualization of molecular 3D models to make scientific results more accessible both for the general public as well as a scientific audience through journal articles. Help us create the effective graphical representation of our research!

Useful skills: structural biology, PyMOL, 3D rendering software

Your Project!

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 are global challenges that touch on a broad variety of topics. Our common goal is the fight against the pandemic by any means available to us. Each member of the Task Force is more than welcome to bring up their own ideas for thrilling and rewarding projects in conjunction with the coronavirus. Tell us how you would put your individual skills to use in our joint cause!

Mandatory requirements:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Proficiency in English
  • Communication skills
  • Some background knowledge in structural biology, bioinformatics, and/or biochemistry
  • Enrolled at a German university

We offer:

  • Ample support by the team
  • High visibility of your work, along with the possibility to apply for awards in science communication
  • Working from home or at our brand-new institute building
  • Flexible working hours
  • ~10 € / hour of salary

How to apply:

If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us! To apply, please send us your grade sheet(s), relevant certificates, CV, and letter outlining your relevant skills to