Doctoral Researcher (f/div/m) Fungal Informatics

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – (Leibniz-HKI, www.leibniz-hki.de) investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics.

Activities and responsibilities

The successful candidate will investigate how environmental fungi cause human disease using genomic, transcriptomic, and metagenomic approaches. The main foci of the project are:
  • Defining metagenomic communities and microbial interaction networks involving human-pathogenic fungi.
  • Delineating shared and niche-specific patterns among ecological and human-associated environments.

Qualification profile

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in bioinformatics, computational biology, systems biology, computer science, or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge and expertise in the analysis of biological high-throughput data.
  • Knowledge in statistical methods in the context of biological systems.
  • Experience with programming (Python, Perl, R, C++).
  • Very good communication skills in English.

We offer

The successful candidate will be join the newly established Microverse Junior Research Group Fungal Informatics led by Dr. Amelia Barber and hosted by Assoc. Prof. Gianni Panagiotou and the Systems Biology & Bioinformatics Group (SBI) at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology—Hans Knöll Institute in Jena, Germany. SBI is a multidisciplinary group focused on understanding the role of the microbiome in metabolic disease, cancer, infection, and environmental microbial communities. SBI is currently coordinating the Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Network “BestTreat” with 16 international partners, is a member of the DFG Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse”, of the Hong Kong Area of Excellence “Institute of Metabolic Diseases”, of the DFG Collaborative Research Center/Transregio “FungiNet” and of the Collaborative Research Fund “MarineGEO Hong Kong”, all related to the integration of phenotypic, genomic and microbiome data using machine learning models and network based analysis. The successful candidate will be fully integrated in the SBI and benefit from shared samples, data, and methods with the other PhD students and post-doctoral researchers of the group.We offer a convivial work atmosphere in an interdisciplinary and international research environment.

The Leibniz-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. The PhD candidate will participate in the structured program of the International Leibniz Research School and become an associated member of the Jena School of Microbial Communication.

Salary is paid according to German TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). As an equal opportunity employer, the Leibniz-HKI is committed to increasing the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply.

Send application to

Assoc. Prof. Gianni Panagiotou | +49 3641 532 1759

Dr. Amelia Barber | + 49 3641 532 1597

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: HKI-18/2020

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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