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Postdoc Microfluidics in Microbiology

Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – (HKI, www.hki-jena.de) develops new technologies that are used to identify natural products, to characterize their function and exploit their mechanisms of action, and investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi. The Bio Pilot Plant at the HKI invites talented and highly gifted candidates to apply for the following position starting as soon as possible:

1 Postdoc position

for two years initially.

Research Area
The research of the Microfluidics Group at the Bio Pilot Plant has been focused on the establishment of a droplet-based microfluidic strategy to exploit microbial diversity and screen with ultra-high throughput for bacteria producing novel natural products. As pioneers in the encapsulation and cultivation of cells and microorganisms in droplets, we are further developing our microfluidic platform to address all the details required for its effective and broad application.

Research project
In the scope of an interdisciplinary cooperation project of the HKI research groups Bio Pilot Plant and Applied Systems Biology (Prof. M. T. Figge) with local industrial partners, novel detection and analytic techniques will be implemented into the microfluidic platform. The position is embedded in a dynamic and highly motivated group consisting of three PhD students and two senior scientists. Within the group, the Postdoc will experience a strong support based on lively collaboration and friendly interaction between the interdisciplinary scientists and benefit from the already established droplet-based microfluidic platform and state-of-art equipment. In addition, the successful candidate will have all possibilities to realize own innovative ideas and develop new projects while contributing to the organization within the Microfluidics Group.

  • A PhD degree (or equivalent) in engineering, physics, chemistry or biology.
  • Experience in microfluidic research and technical development.
  • Specific knowledge in droplet-based microfluidics is desired.
  • Skills in optics and electronics is a plus.
  • Fluency in common programming and scripting languages.
  • Strong interest in biological application of microfluidic techniques, enriching the multidisciplinarity of the group.
  • The candidate should embrace working in an international, interdisciplinary research team.
  • Ability for team-oriented as well as creative and independent work.
  • Very good communication skills in English.

The research group is embedded in the outstanding scientific environment of the Beutenberg Campus providing state-of-art research facilities and a highly integrative network of life science and technical science institutes and groups. We offer excellent technical facilities, a place in a committed team, as well as strong scientific collaborations. Salary is paid according to German TV-L. The HKI is an equal opportunity employer. The position will be filled as soon as possible.

Further information
Dr. Martin Roth • +49 (0)3641 532 1127 • martin.roth@hki-jena.de

Complete applications in English should include a CV, a complete list of publications, a brief statement of research experiences and interests, the addresses of two possible referees, and should be submitted by 12.09.2014 referring to HKI job posting No. 14/2014 to jobs@hki-jena.de.

Mail address
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology
– Hans Knöll Institute –
Personnel office
Adolf-Reichwein-Straße 23
07745 Jena

Contact detail

How to apply:
Send application to
Dr. Martin Roth
+49 (0)3641 532 1127

Jan Koesling-Wettstaedt
+49 (0)3641 532 1018


Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology
– Hans Knöll Institute –
Personnel office
Adolf-Reichwein-Straße 23
07745 Jena

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Thüringen)
Working place
07745 Jena
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Biotechnology