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Research Positions (f/m/d) Rational design of programmable anti-infectives
University of Würzburg
Institute for Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB)
Rational design of programmable
The Institute for Molecular Infection Biology at the University of Würzburg is seeking
doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to drive a 5-year collaborative research
program on RNA-based anti-infectives. The program aims to build a platform
technology for the computational prediction, mechanistic analysis and validation of
next-generation programmable antibiotics.
Successful candidates will work in the groups of Franziska Faber, Lars Barquist,
and Jörg Vogel, which bring together expertise in pathogenic model organisms,
state of the art RNA-centered molecular biology and computational biology.
As a member of the interdisciplinary team, the candidates will apply molecular
approaches in anti-infectives research, high-throughput RNA-sequencing (RNAseq)
and other functional genomics techniques, as well as innovative statistical and
machine learning methods to develop RNA-based anti-infectives targeting single
microorganisms in mixed microbial populations.
Qualifications of molecular scientist:
The successful candidate will work with model organism, such as Clostridium
difficile, Salmonella enterica or Fusobacterium nucleatum, and apply
microbiological techniques and sequencing-based technologies.
PhD (for postdoctoral fellows) or Master's in a life science field.
Experience in microbiology, RNA biology, infection biology, or biochemistry.
Good written and spoken English-language communication skills, desire to
work as part of an international team of researchers.
Qualifications of computational scientist:
The successful candidate will be involved in the design and analysis of experiments
at all stages of project development, and will have access to a wide range of data
including RNA-seq, transposon insertion sequencing, sequencing-based
experimental evolution assays, and metagenomics.
PhD (for postdoctoral fellows) or Master's in either a life science field with a
strong computational component (e.g. genomics, bioinformatics) or a data
Solid programming skills in at least one scripting language (e.g. Python, Perl)
and R. Experience with large data sets or sequencing data preferred.
Basic knowledge of statistics.
Good written and spoken English-language communication skills, and interest
in working as part of an international team of researchers.
An interest in RNA biology, infection biology, and microbiology, or desire to
The positions are available for two years with the possibility of extension to five.
Salary will be based on the pay scale for the public sector in Germany (TV-L) and
comply with qualification. Part time employment is also possible.
We welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the
community regardless of race, gender or disability. The University aims to increase
the proportion of female employees, therefore applications from qualified women
are particularly welcome. Preference will be given to people with disabilities in the
case of otherwise equal aptitude.
Please send your application as a single PDF file (including cover letter, curriculum
vitae, list of publications, statement of current and future research, and contact
information for two academic references) by September 7th, 2020 to