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PhD position synthetic microbiology

Job Advertisement No. 07/2016

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – (HKI, www.leibniz-hki.de) investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. The independent research group of “Biobricks of Microbial Natural Product Syntheses” invites applications for

1 PhD position

For three years initially in the field of Synthetic Microbiology.

The successful candidate will be involved in the genomic manipulation of model organisms to heterologously express eukaryotic secondary metabolite gene clusters.

Our requirements: We expect a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Life Sciences (e.g. Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry). Suitable candidates should have a strong background either in molecular biology or in biological chemistry. 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 genomic manipulation of model organisms (e.g. Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Aspergilli ), the identification and isolation active metabolites, the elucidation of metabolic pathways, and their key elements (e.g. polyketide synthases). The project aims to optimize the expression of cryptic gene clusters and to identify new therapeutics.

We offer: The successful candidate will be hosted in the group “Biobricks of Microbial Natural Product Syntheses” (Dr. Vito Valiante), which is a new independent research group at the HKI. 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 PhD student, you will be integrated in one of the established graduate schools ILRS or JSMC, which offer additional mentoring support and provide additional training through a structured onsite program. Training will include key areas of science and technology, and complementary skills.

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 | vito.valiante@leibniz-hki.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 until April 30, 2016 referring to HKI job posting No. 07/2016 to jobs@leibniz-hki.de. The HKI is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply.

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

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