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PostDoc position in the field of Synthetic Microbiology

The Leibniz Research Cluster (LRC) Bio/Synthetic multifunctional micro-production units – Novel ways in compound development is a joint research programme of five Leibniz Institutes and combines life sciences and engineering to develop novel processes for cell free production of natural products. At the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute Jena (HKI, we recently established the LRC Junior Research Group “Biobricks of microbial natural product syntheses”. The group is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research in the framework of the initiative “Biotechnology 2020+” for up to five years.

We invite applications for a

PostDoc position

for two years initially in the field of Synthetic Microbiology.

The successful candidate will be involved in the heterologous expression, purification and characterisation of eukaryotic proteins involved in secondary metabolite biosynthesis.

Our requirements: We expect a PhD in Life Sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Microbiology, or Biochemistry) with a strong background in protein expression and purification. Experience in microbiology is advantageous but not required. Applicants should have very good communication skills in English and a high motivation to perform team-oriented as well as independent work.

The field of work includes the heterologous expression of proteins in model organisms (e.g. Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Aspergilli) and the identification and isolation of key elements involved in natural product biosynthesis (e.g. polyketide synthases). In cooperation with the other institutes involved in the Leibniz Research Cluster, the project aims to create micro-reactors to produce active substances in cell free systems.

We offer: The successful candidate will be hosted in the independent LRC Junior Research Group “Biobricks of microbial natural product syntheses” headed by Dr. Vito Valiante. The HKI 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 groups. We offer a multifaceted scientific project supported by excellent technical facilities, a place in a young, committed team, as well as strong scientific collaborations. As a PostDoc, the applicant should have excellent communication and collaboration skills and should be able to supervise Master and Bachelor students.

Salary is paid according to German TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). The HKI is an equal opportunity employer.

Further information: Dr. Vito Valiante | +49 3641 532 1090 |

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 referring to HKI job posting No. 11/2015 to The position is available from spring 2015 for at least two years (extensions are possible). The HKI is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply.

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About Leibniz-Institut für Naturstoff-Forschung und Infektionsbiologie

The Leibniz-Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (HKI) identifies and investigates natural products produced by microorganisms, mainly fungi, to understand their role as mediators of biological communication and to use them for the elucidation of cellular processes. Furthermore, scientists at the Institute are interested in understanding the pathobiology of...

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