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Host-Pathogen Interactions: Imaging Infection

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The Division of Microbiology at the University Osnabrück opens a position on:
Host-Pathogen Interactions
Applications on are invited for a PhD project investigating the interaction of Salmonella enterica with mammalian host cells using advanced microscopy techniques. A position for a postgraduate scientist (pay scale E13, 50-65 %) is immediately available for an initial period of 2 years. An extension is anticipated.
Our group is interested in understanding the molecular and cellular basis of bacterial pathogenesis. Of particular interest are the virulence functions of Salmonella enterica required for the adhesion to, and invasion of polarized cells, and the intracellular lifestyle in mammalian host cells. Specific scientific questions are the dynamic modification of host cell vesicular transport by intracellular Salmonella and the reorganization of the host cell cytoskeleton by Salmonella .
Candidates should have sound working experience with standard and advanced microscopy techniques. Experience in quantitative image analysis and a strong background in cell biology will be of advantage.
The Division of Microbiology operates several light microscopy systems providing wide-field, CLSM, spinning disk, TIRF, FRAP techniques with live cell environment, and micromanipulation under S2/BL2 conditions. Further microscopy techniques such as F-PALM, TEM, SEM and AFM are locally available within the framework of DFG collaborative research center SFB 944, institutional infrastructure and intramural collaborations.
The University Osnabrück offers structured study programs for postgraduate candidates, such as the integrated graduate school of SFB 944 ‘Physiology and dynamics of cellular microcompartments’.

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Applications should include CV, academic degrees, and addresses of at least two referees. Please also include examples of own work using advanced microscopic techniques. Applications and inquiries should be submitted by E-mail to:
Prof. Dr. Michael Hensel
Universität Osnabrück, Abt. Mikrobiologie
Fachbereich Biologie/Chemie
Barbarastraße 11
49076 Osnabrück, Germany
E-Mail: Michael.Hensel@biologie.uni-osnabrueck.de

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Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Niedersachsen)
Working place
49076 Osnabrück
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences