Doctoral Researcher (f/div/m) in Metagenomics

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology Hans Knöll Institute (Leibniz-HKI, investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics.

Activities and responsibilities

The Systems Biology & Bioinformatics (SBI) group of Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Hans Knöll Institute (HKI), Jena, Germany, is seeking a PhD student in the area of systems microbiology to develop novel microbiome-based treatments for human diseases. SBI is a member of several national and international collaborations aiming to understand the microbial balance from the molecular to the ecosystem level and to develop detection and manipulation technologies to create beneficial impact. The successful candidate will analyse and integrate microbiome and mycobiome sequencing data with clinical meta-data obtained from large patient cohorts including, among others, cancer, obese, diabetic, NAFLD and ICU patients. He/ she will work closely with wet-lab scientists and clinicians to reveal host meta-omics signatures that can be subsequently used to match the right treatment to the right patient, and to adapt therapy thereafter.

Qualification profile

  • MSc degree in Systems Biology, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Computer Science or a related discipline
  • Knowledge and experience in the analysis of biological high-throughput data
  • Knowledge in statistical methods in the context of biological systems
  • Programming experience (Python, Perl, C++, R)
  • Well-developed collaborative skills
A strong interest in conducting collaborative research on the topic outlined above is paramount. Candidates are expected to be interested in working at the boundaries of several research domains.

We offer

The successful candidates will be hosted at HKI’s SBI group. We offer an international and multi-disciplinary environment with a strong expertise in the proposed research field and a convivial working atmosphere in an interdisciplinary and international research environment. Currently the group consists of approximately 15 members at different levels of seniority.
SBI is currently coordinating a Marie Curie ITN Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and is an active participant of the Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse” and CRC/ Transregio 124 “Pathogenic fungi and their human host: Networks of interaction” funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Send application to

Please contact Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gianni Panagiotou | +49 3641 532 1759 |

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: HKI-22/2019

About Leibniz-Institut für Naturstoff-Forschung und Infektionsbiologie

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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