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Postdoctoral position

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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 Department of Infection Biology invites talented and highly gifted candidates to apply for a

Postdoctoral position

starting as soon as possible for two years initially, with the option for extension.
Successful candidates will investigate the field complement genetics in renal and retinal diseases. Main topics of the project are
  • identification of genetic mutations of complement genes in renal and retinal diseases,
    C3 glomerulopathies, HUS and AMD
  • Next generation sequencing for genetic diagnostics
  • Functional characterization of CFHR1, CFHR3 and CFHR5 proteins
For further details please see references below.

Requirements: Doctoral degree in biology, genetics or life sciences. Experience, knowledge and good experimental skills in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry are an advantage.

We offer: The successful candidate will be hosted in the Department of Infection Biology headed by Prof. Dr. Peter Zipfel. 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 Postdoc, the applicant should have excellent communication and collaboration skills and should be able to supervise Master and Bachelor students.

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: Prof. Dr. Peter F. Zipfel | +49 3641 532 1300 | peter.zipfel@leibniz-hki.de

Complete applications in English should include a CV, a complete list of publications, a brief statement of research experiences, the addresses of two possible referees, and should be submitted by 30.09.2015 referring to HKI job posting No. 19/2015 to jobs@leibniz-hki.de.

Chen Q et al. J Clin Invest 124 (2014) 145-155.
Zipfel PF et al. Mol Immunol, 67 (2015) 21-30.
Zipfel PF, Skerka C, Nat Rev Immunol 9 (2009) 729-740.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Send application to
Prof. Dr. Peter F. Zipfel
+49 3641 532 1300

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Germany (Thüringen)
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07745 Jena
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Biology & Life Sciences