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Postdoc position "Molecular and Applied Microbiology"

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – (HKI, investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. The Department of Molecular and Applied Microbiology invites talented and highly gifted candidates to apply for a

Postdoc position

starting as soon as possible for three years initially.

The successful candidate will work within the collaborative research project EXASENS – Microbial diagnostics for asthma and COPD patients, with a focus on filamentous fungi and yeasts as triggers of exacerbations. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Main topics of the project are:
•   Characterisation of the surface proteome of filamentous fungi
•   Recombinant production of fungal proteins
•   Application of cell culture and animal models
•   Immunoproteomic analysis of serum antibodies

Our requirements: PhD in life sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology). Good knowledge in standard techniques of biochemistry, microbiology as well as molecular biology is expected. Experience in proteomics and recombinant protein production would be preferable. We would welcome a highly motivated co-worker with excellent communications skills and the ability to work on a cross-disciplinary project. The applicant should be able to supervise Master and PhD students.

We offer you a challenging project, which involves partners from several engineering- and life science oriented Leibniz Institutes, state-of-the-art instrumentation, and great work opportunities in a dynamic research institute with high reputation. As a postdoc you will be a member of the Friedrich Schiller university graduate academy, which offers excellent key competence courses. The successful candidate will be hosted in the Department Molecular and Applied Microbiology (Prof. A. Brakhage).

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

Further information: Dr. Olaf Kniemeyer | +49 3641 532 1071 |

Complete applications in English or German should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a complete list of publications, brief statement of research experiences, a list of three potential references, full academic record (copies of degree certificates), and should be submitted by 16.12.2015 referring to HKI job posting No. 30/2015 to

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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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