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Postdoc Position (Microbiology)

Leibniz-Institut für Naturstoff-Forschung und Infektionsbiologie e. V. Hans-Knöll-Institut (HKI). Jena, 23.11.2016


The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute - (HKI, investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. The Department of Molecular and Applied Microbiology invites talented and highly gifted candidates to apply for a

Postdoc Position (Microbiology)

starting from January for three years initially.
The successful candidate will work within the framework of a DFG-funded joint French-German research project on the structural organization of the initial infectious morphotype, the spore (conidium), of the human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus.
Main topics of the project may include:
  • Deciphering the macromolecular organization of the Aspergillus fumigatus conidial cell wall by proteomic methods
  • Construction and characterization of multiple gene-knockout mutants of A. fumigatus
  • Studying the interaction of cell wall components and cell wall mutants with macrophages
  • Testing of selected A. fumigatus mutants in a murine infection model for invasive aspergillosis
Our requirements: PhD in natural sciences/life sciences (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or Molecular Biology). Good knowledge in standard techniques of microbiology, immunology, biochemistry and molecular biology are expected. Experience in proteomics or mycology would be preferable. We would welcome a highly motivated co-worker with excellent communications skills and the ability to work on an cooperative project.
We offer you a challenging project, which involves cooperation with a French partner, state-of-the-art instrumentation, and great work opportunities in a dynamic research institute with high reputation. As a postdoc you will be a member of the Friedrich Schiller university graduate academy, which offers excellent competence courses. The successful candidate will be hosted in the Department of Molecular and Applied Microbiology (Prof. Axel A. Brakhage).
For further information
Please contact Dr. Olaf Kniemeyer | +49 3641 532 1071 |
Salary is paid according to German TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). As an equal opportunity employer the HKI is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply.
Complete applications in English or German should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a complete list of publications, brief statement of research experiences, a list of three potential references, full academic record (copies of degree certificates), and should be submitted by December 09, 2016 via

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Bewerbungsschluss: 09.12.2016