PhD Position Microbial Infection Biology

Job Advertisement No. 13/2015

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 Research Group Microbial Immunology ( invites applications for a

PhD position

for three years initially in the field of Microbiology / Infection Biology. The project will be associated to the Center for Sepsis Control and Care (CSCC;

Candida albicans is the most common pathogenic yeast of humans. In contrast to other fungal pathogens, C. albicans belongs to the normal microbiota of the human intestinal tract and other mucosal surfaces. It usually only causes infections when natural barriers are breached or the immune system is compromised. As part of the microbiome, C. albicans interacts with various bacteria and these interactions likely influence pathogenesis of both fungal and bacterial infections originating in the gastrointestinal tract. As these interactions are only poorly understood to date, we aim to characterize how interactions between C. albicans and pathogenic bacteria influence both colonisation and disease using combinations of in vitro and in vivo approaches.

Candidate’s profile: We expect a Master´s degree (or equivalent) in Life Sciences (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine). Furthermore, the applicant should be able to perform team-oriented as well as independent work. Practical experiences in one or more of the following subjects are beneficial: Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Infection Biology, Cellular Biology. Practical experience in cell culture or experience in handling laboratory mice is an advantage.

We offer a multifaceted scientific project with excellent technical facilities, a place in a young, committed team, as well as strong scientific collaborations. The successful candidate will be hosted in the independent Research Group Microbial Immunology (Prof. Dr. Ilse Jacobsen) at the HKI. 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.

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. Ilse Jacobsen | +49 3641 532 1223 |

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 15.06.2015 referring to HKI job posting No. 13/2015 to The position is available from 01.08.2015.

Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology
– Hans Knöll Institute –
Personnel office
Adolf-Reichwein-Straße 23
07745 Jena | Germany

How to apply:
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Prof. Dr. Ilse Jacobsen
+49 3641 532 1223
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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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