Post-doctoral Researcher (m/f)

Einsatzort: Jena

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Job Advertisement No. 18/2018

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 independent research group of Chemical
Biology of Microbe-Host Interactions invites applications for a

Post-doctoral Researcher (m/f)

The position is available from February 1, 2019 or soon after for two years initially..

Project title:

Microbial profiling of a marine invertebrate and genome mining of symbiotic bacteria

Project outline:

  • (1) Analysis of bacterial colonization during different developmental stages of a marine invertebrate using e.g. FISH;
  • (2) Microbial profiling/metagenomic analysis of healthy vs. infected animals and young and adults to determine the stability of core microbiome and analysis of potential vertical transmission of (endo)symbionts;
  • (3) Comparative genome mining of bacterial symbionts for natural product related secondary metabolite related biosynthetic gene clusters
Our requirements: A strong interest in conducting collaborative research on the topic outlined above is paramount. Candidates are expected to be interested in working at the boundaries of several research domains.

• Very good theoretical and practical skills in bioinformatics and microbiology
• The candidate should embrace working in a young international research team and conducting research that covers multiple biological disciplines
• A PhD degree in Life Sciences, and/or Computational Biology, Bioinformatics. Candidates about to obtain their degree are welcome to apply!
• An integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in a lively community of the HKI, the JSMC ( and ILRS ( community
• Very good communication and writing skills (English)

We offer:

an international and multi-disciplinary environment. Currently the group consists of ~10 members at different levels of seniority; post-doctoral scientists, PhD students, master students.

More information for the research output of the group can be found here.

For further information please contact: Dr. Christine Beemelmanns (

Complete applications in English should include a CV, certificates, transcripts, a brief statement of research experiences and interests and the contact details of two possible referees, and should be submitted via the online application system of the HKI. Deadline of applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.