Doctoral Researcher (f/div/m) in Fungal RNA Biology

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

Activities and responsibilities

This project is part of a newly established research group that will bring together the study of pathogenic fungi, RNA biology, and extracellular vesicles to better understand and treat fungal infections.

The field of study:

The successful candidate will investigate the field of fungal pathogenesis through the lens of RNA biology. The main topics of the project may include:
  • Identification of the small RNA repertoire of fungi during infection.
  • Elucidation and characterization of novel RNA regulatory pathways in filamentous fungi.
  • Development of potential RNA-based therapeutics against fungal infection.

Qualification profile

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in microbiology, biochemistry, mycology, or related discipline. Candidates about to obtain their degree are welcome to apply.
  • Experimental background in molecular biology, microbiology, and/or biochemistry.
  • Experience in analyzing RNA-Seq data (or willingness to learn).
  • The candidate should be willing and able to work in an international, interdisciplinary research team.
  • Very good communication skills in English.

We offer

The successful candidate will be hosted in the newly established Junior Research Group of Dr. Matthew G. Blango. The aim of the group is to conduct innovative, cutting-edge research on fungal pathogenesis with a focus on extracellular vesicles and RNA biology. 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. 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

Dr. Matthew G. Blango | +49 3641 532 1072

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: HKI-20/2020

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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