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Doctoral Candidate (m/f)

Workscope: Research Associate

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The Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) offers a three year position for a
Doctoral Candidate (m/f)
for Project Group 2 "Acinetobacter baumannii – Biology of a Nosocomial Pathogen" starting on 1 February 2017.
Salary is in accordance with the public sector wage scale [TVöD] 50% remuneration group grade E13.
The position is part-time to allow an opportunity for independent research dedicated to completion of doctoral work.
Tasks and responsibilities:
Acinetobacter baumannii is a nosocomial pathogen that is developing an increasing resistance to antibiotics. We have recently identified microbial producers of agents that are effective against multi-drug resistant pathogens such as A. baumannii. The major goal of this Ph.D. project is to isolate, identify and characterise these active compounds.
  • Extraction of antimicrobials from liquid and solid media
  • Generation and characterization of mutants
  • Generation, analysis and experimental validation of transcriptomatic data
  • Infection experiments (cell culture, wax moth larvae) to characterize the protective and therapeutic potential of purified compounds
  • Comparative bioinformatics on bacterial genomes
  • Reviewing literature on subject
  • Data analysis, lecturing and publication
Requirements and qualifications:
  • Degree in biology, biochemistry or comparable to level sufficient to begin a Ph.D. programme
  • Advanced practical experience in experimental work in molecular biology, biochemistry or microbiology
  • Experience and knowledge of analytical chemistry and bioinformatics with genome analysis in particular as well as knowledge of microbial physiology and metabolism desired
  • Language skills (CEFR): English C1 (Proficient user), German B2 (Independent user)
You place great value on a working environment that demands creativity on the one hand, but also provides opportunities to demonstrate your organisational skills. You enjoy working on group projects and have outstanding written and oral communication skills. You are able to constructively address differing opinions and are able to factually and respectfully represent your viewpoint  When you are working as part of a team, you place great importance on sharing information and mutual support.
For more information, please contact
Dr. Gottfried Wilharm
Tel.: ++49 30 18754-
E-Mail: WilharmG[at]rki.de
The RKI in the 12th century town of Wernigerode is housed in modern laboratories and one of the oldest of its many half-timbered buildings. The university town set in the Harz region offers many educational and cultural opportunities and outdoor activities, too. There are excellent transport links to Leipzig and Hanover, cities with international airports and flights to destinations in Europe and beyond. 
The RKI offers flexible work hours and terms of employment that promote in as far as possible employee life-work balance. Education and training are also provided based on employee needs. The RKI also has a comprehensive health maintenance program and assists incoming staff members and their families in settling in their new location.
The RKI is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
Submit your application via the public service job portal Interamt at www.interamt.de by 20 December 2016. Please note the position identification number 360393 (StellenID)/Kz. 130/16.
If you have questions about the application procedure, please contact
Christine Steinicke
Tel.: ++49 30 18754-2653
E-Mail: SteinickeC[at]rki.de
To learn more about the RKI please visit the institute's website at www.rki.de.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Online via www.interamt.de by 20 December 2016. Please note the position identification number 360393 (StellenID)/Kz. 130/16.
Send application to
Dr. Gottfried Wilharm
Tel.: ++49 30 18754-4282
E-Mail: WilharmG[at]rki.de

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Working place
38855 Wernigerode
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences