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

For a joint research project of the Department Molecular and Applied Microbiology with other groups we invite applications for a PhD position starting as soon as possible for three years initially. Successful candidates will investigate within the framework of the InfectControl 2020 research consortium (

Project title: Molecular mechanisms of antifungal resistance and therapeutic strategies to manage infections with triazole resistant moulds.

Main topics:

  • Proteomics and transcriptomics of antifungal drug action,
  • Screening of antifungal substances,
  •  Elucidation of synergistic mechanisms of action

Requirements / Qualifications: Diploma or Master Degree in biology, chemistry or life sciences. Basic knowledge in standard techniques of biochemistry, microbiology as well as molecular biology is expected. Experience in proteomics or transcriptomics would be preferable. We would welcome a highly motivated co-worker with excellent communications skills and the ability to work on a cross-disciplinary project.

We offer you a challenging project, which involves three different academic research institutions and one industrial partner, state-of-the-art instrumentation, and great work opportunities in a dynamic research institute with high reputation. As a PhD student, you will be a member of the International Leibniz Research School (ILRS Jena), which offers an excellent structured postgraduate education. The successful candidate will be hosted in the Department Molecular and Applied Microbiology (Prof. A. Brakhage).

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.

Complete applications in English should include a CV, a brief statement of research experiences, the addresses of three possible referees, and should be submitted by 21.11.2015 referring to HKI job posting No. 25/2015 to The position is immediately available.

Application deadline: 21.11.2015

Further information: Dr. Olaf Kniemeyer | +49 3641 5321071 |

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