PhD Position - Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology/Organismic Interactions in the Interfaculty Institute for Microbiology and Infection Medicine (IMIT) at the
University of Tübingen is offering a
PhD position (m/f)
With the topic:  Formation of special cell wall structures of filamentous cyanobacteria.
Cyanobacteria are of great ecological impact and have emerging biotechnological potential. In this project we focus on the formation of a recently identified cell-cell communication structure in filamentous cyanobacteria. This structure connects neighbouring cells through an array of junctions that span the septal cell wall and enables multicellular behaviour. A cell wall amidase (AmiC) is essential for the formation of nanopores in the septal cell wall, needed for construction of the cell-cell communication structure. This project aims to understand the regulation and interactions of AmiC and its mode of action in biogenesis of the functional cell communication structure the on a molecular level.
The project is part of the DFG founded Collaborative Research Centre (SFB766) on „The bacterial cell envelope“. The IMIT and the SFB766 provide a first class research environment with a unique opportunity to conduct this research, by highly interactive groups with state-of-the art technical equipment and expertise.
The PhD position will be in the group of Karl Forchhammer and will be associated with the Graduate School of Microbiology. The earliest possible start is the 1st of March 2017 and funded for at least three years.
The ideal candidate will have an excellent master degree in biological sciences, with a strong background in cellular microbiology, molecular tools and biochemistry. High motivation, dedication to research, experimental creativity, cooperative and self-organized working is expected.
Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration. The University of Tübingen seeks to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and particularly encourages female applicants to apply for this position. Applications with the usual documents shall be sent by e-mail or written until 31.12.2016 to the indicated address below.
Prof. Dr. Karl Forchhammer                    &         PD Dr. Iris Maldener
IMIT/Organismische Interaktionen                    IMIT/Organismische Interaktionen
Universität Tübingen                                             Universität Tübingen
Auf der Morgenstelle 28                                       Auf der Morgenstelle 28
72076 Tübingen                                                      72076 Tübingen       

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