PhD position in the framework of GRK 1708 “Molecular principles of bacterial survival strategies”

 Universität Tübingen  72076 Tübingen
A PhD position (scholarship) is available (from 1st April) at the Section for Nitrogen Metabolism in Actinobacteria Research at the Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine, University of Tuebingen, Germany.

The PhD position is available in the framework of GRK 1708 “Molecular principles of bacterial survival strategies”. GRK addresses the question, how bacteria maintain viability in adverse environments.
Organisms belonging to actinobacteria have adapted to occupy a wide variety of ecological niches and include species that are major antibiotic producers, as well as various human, animal and plant pathogens. Non-motile Streptomyces are able to withstand and overcome unfavorable, rapid changed conditions despite constant confrontation with nutrients limitation and pollutants in the soil. Moreover, pathogenic actinobacteria elaborated strategies for a withstanding and overcoming the host defense system during infection and inflammation. Therefore, this issue is of highest relevance in bacterial ecology, physiology and medicine, e.g. for understanding the dispersal of bacterial pathogens and for the development of new antimicrobial drugs. The research focus of our joint project will be on the functional characterization of enzymes involved in the polyamine degradation pathway in S. coelicolor.
The GRK 1708 is composed of groups/projects from the Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine, the Geomicrobiology, the Organic Chemistry and the Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. Realization of this project in the framework of GRK 1708 gives unique opportunity to join a new interdisciplinary research and graduate-training/qualification platform for fundamental microbiology in Tuebingen. We offer supportive mentoring and a well-equipped laboratory. Successful candidates will be awarded a PhD.

The ideal candidate will be an ambitious, highly motivated, team-oriented graduate with a strong interest in microbiology. Prior research experience with handling of Streptomyces is advantageous. Candidates should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Microbiology, Biological Science or a related field. Candidates should also demonstrate aptitude in written and spoken English. Interested candidates should send curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, short description of past lab experience, copies of university degree(s) with academic records, contact information and at least two reference letters.
The University of Tuebingen is a provider of equal opportunity in compliance with the German disability laws. Women and in particular individuals with disability are strongly encouraged to apply. We only consider candidates with whom we have the possibility to conduct a personal interview.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter, in english only by e-mail. Deadline: 30.03.2015
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Dr. Agnieszka Bera
University of Tuebingen
Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine
Dept. Microbiology and Biotechnology
Auf der Morgenstelle 28
72076 Tübingen

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