PhD position in Population genomics of antibiotic resistance

 Universität Kiel  Kiel
The Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics at the Zoological Institute of the University of Kiel is seeking to fill a position within the research project „Population Genomics of antibiotic resistance" for a
PhD student (m/f)

Deadline for applications: 30 August 2015. Start of position: October 2015 or soon afterwards.

The position will be for three years. The regular weekly working hours amount to 65% of a full time position (at the moment 25.155 hours). The salary will be according to the German TV-L-13 pay scale.

Project description:

The alarming spread of resistant bacteria is complicating even the most routine clinical interventions. Case in point are highly resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which cause almost untreatable respiratory and wound infections in the hospital, and play a driving role in cystic fibrosis. Our research program is aimed at investigating ways in which existing antibiotics can be intelligently used to prevent or at least slow down the evolution of resistance. The project will involve in vitro experimental evolution using Pseudomonas aeruginosa and subsequent phenotypic, genomic and functional-genetic analyses of resistant strains. The aim of this PhD project is to study the role of population-genetic/genomic processes in rapid evolution of resistance during combination therapy.

The project is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and will be based in the Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics at the University of Kiel, Northern Germany, under the supervision of Dr. Gunther Jansen ( The department provides an international and interactive atmosphere, while Kiel University and connected institutes (e.g., Max Planck Institute in Ploen) offer a stimulating research environment with a particular focus on evolutionary biology.

Requirements for the position:

Master in biology, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry or related topic; excellent background in microbiology, evolution, genetics and statistics; knowledge of basic molecular techniques; experience with complex experimental designs; high motivation; a collaborative spirit; fluency in English.

The University of Kiel strives to increase the proportion of women in research and education. It therefore encourages qualified women to apply. Women will be preferred in cases of comparable qualifications. It also explicitly welcomes applications from people with a migratory background. The University further makes an effort to employ disabled people and will prefer such candidates in case of equal qualification.

Please send applications with CV, one-page statement of research interests, and two references, as a pdf-file by email to Please refrain from submitting photos. For further details and questions, you are welcome to contact

How to apply:
One pdf per email by latest 30.8.2015.
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
Gunther Jansen, PhD
Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics
Zoological Institute
Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel
Am Botanischen Garten 1-9
24118 Kiel Germany
Tel.: +49 431 880 4148
Fax: +49 431 880 2403
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