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Doctoral Researcher Position / Identification of immunogenic components of Aspergillus fumigatus for vaccine development

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The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology are offering an international graduate training program. The

International Leibniz Research School (ILRS Jena)

gives doctoral researchers the possibility to prepare for their PhD exam in an ambitious program providing excellent research conditions. We invite applications for a

Doctoral Researcher Position (Ref.No. ILRS_02/2015)
Identification of immunogenic components of Aspergillus fumigatus for vaccine development

Aspergillus fumigatus is the most important air-borne fungal pathogen. In recent years, it became evident that certain unknown components of A. fumigatus apparently lead to protection against invasive aspergillosis in a mouse infection model. Until now, it remains to be shown whether the protection is due to a B cell response or rather T cell response. Furthermore, the components of A. fumigatus triggering this response have not been identified.

The proposed project will identify mainly protein components by proteome analysis followed by Western blotting using antisera from mice to identify protective proteins. Furthermore, immunological insight into the response of mice against A. fumigatus infection will be sought.

We expect:
  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent ) in Natural or Life Sciences. Research at ILRS is centred around “Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions”. Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • high motivation and interest to join one of the research areas of ILRS
  • creativity and interest in shaping your own thesis project
  • an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in our lively community
  • very good communication skills in English

We offer:
  • a top-level research environment
  • efficient supervision by a team of advisors
  • a comprehensive mentoring program (cf. Program of Study)
  • courses in state-of-the-art technologies and soft skills
  • strong communication and interaction between the involved institutions
  • Jena – City of Science: innovative business activities, successful scientific centres and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University
The three-year Doctoral Researcher position is available starting from June 2015. Salary will be paid according to TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). HKI is an equal opportunity employer.

Further information:
Prof. Dr. Axel A. Brakhage, PI, axel.brakhage@hki-jena.de
Dr. Olaf Kniemeyer, Co-supervisor, olaf.kniemeyer@hki-jena.de
Dr. Maria Straßburger, Co-supervisor, maria.strassburger@hki-jena.de
Dr. Christine Vogler, ILRS Coordinator, ilrs@hki-jena.de

The application process is handled exclusively online. Please acquaint yourself with the scientific projects offered on our website and thoroughly follow the instructions for the online application process:
www.ilrs.hki-jena.de/jobs

Deadline for application: March 13, 2015.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend a recruitment meeting in Jena (envisaged date: May 11-13, 2015).
 

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The application process is handled exclusively online. Please acquaint yourself with the scientific projects offered on our website and thoroughly follow the instructions for the online application process:
www.ilrs.hki-jena.de/jobs
 
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
Dr. Christine Vogler, ILRS Coordinator, ilrs@hki-jena.de
 

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Region
Deutschland (Thüringen)
Arbeitsort
07745 Jena
Fachgebiet
Biologie & Life Sciences, Biotechnologie