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At the LOEWE-Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO) more than 100 researchers of the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the Max-Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology focus on basic aspects of synthetic biology on all levels of microbial function, ranging from the development of regulatory circuits, genetic codes and metabolic pathways to the synthesis of new minimal cells and microbial communities. Supported by the state of Hesse within its excellence program LOEWE, SYNMIKRO started its work in 2010 and is today one of the biggest centers for synthetic microbiology research in the world.

The research group “Computational Microbiology” headed by Dr. Georg Fritz has an open experimental position in the area of synthetic biology for a
 
PhD student (f/m)

starting at the earliest possible date initially for 3 years with the possibility of an extension. Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13, 50 %). The position is temporary and will offer the possibility of further scientific qualification in the frame of the assigned duties.

Our group uses theoretical and experimental approaches to study various strategies of bacterial gene expression, ranging from the reverse engineering of natural genetic networks to the forward design and implementation of synthetic circuits. The offered project will focus on the experimental construction of synthetic genetic circuits in the model organisms Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis. A primary goal is to understand how genetic context, i.e., the “chassis”, can affect the function of regulatory circuits and, vice versa, how genetic circuits can be designed to function robustly in various contexts. The tasks involve both the construction and evaluation of synthetic circuits using molecular biology approaches and modern imaging techniques, as well as close collaboration with a theoretician in order to establish and validate mathematical models of the constructed circuits.

The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s, master’s or comparable degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry or related fields. Applicants are expected to have solid experience with routine molecular biology techniques and bacterial genetics, the ability to carry out research projects independently and very good English language skills. Experience with our model organisms, with ECF sigma factors and with mathematical modeling techniques are desirable but not essential.

We offer research training in a young and dynamic team embedded in a collaborative scientific environment that is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. For further information please refer to www.synmikro.com/fritz.

We support women and particularly invite them to apply. In areas in which women are underrepresented, women will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Applicants with children are welcome - the Philipps-Universität is certified as a family friendly university. A reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as described in SGB IX (§2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.

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How to apply:
Applications (including cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of relevant certificates and names and contact details of two academic references should refer to ZE-0063-synmikro-wmz-2014 should be submitted electronically as a single pdf-file by September 30th 2014 to jobs@synmikro.uni-marburg.de.
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Applications (including cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of relevant certificates and names and contact details of two academic references should refer to ZE-0063-synmikro-wmz-2014 should be submitted electronically as a single pdf-file by September 30th 2014 to jobs@synmikro.uni-marburg.de.

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Working hours
Part-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
Specialist
Work experience
job experience is not required
Region
Germany (Hessen)
Working place
35037 Marburg
Area of expertise
Mathematics, Computer Sciences
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