Job Advertisement HKI-20-2021

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. Talented and highly qualified candidates are invited to apply for a position in the Junior Research Group RNA Biology of Fungal Infections as a

Doctoral Researcher (f/div/m) in Fungal Pathogenesis

Research Areas: Microbiology, Mycology, RNA Biochemistry

This project is part of a Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)-funded research group that is bringing together the study of pathogenic fungi, RNA biology, and extracellular vesicles to better understand and treat fungal infections.

The field of study:

The successful candidate will investigate the field of fungal pathogenesis through the lens of RNA biology. The main topics of the project may include:

  • Mechanisms of host RNA regulation during fungal infection.
  • RNA trafficking by extracellular vesicles and/or ribonucleoprotein complexes.
  • Investigation of RNA-based therapeutics for the treatment of fungal infections.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in microbiology, biochemistry, mycology, or related discipline. Candidates about to obtain their degree are welcome to apply.
  • Experimental background in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, or related discipline.
  • Experience in working with fungi, extracellular vesicles, and/or analyzing RNA-Seq data (or willingness to learn) is a plus.
  • The candidate should be willing and able to work in an international, interdisciplinary research team.
  • Very good communication skills in English.

We offer:

The successful candidate will be hosted in the Junior Research Group RNA Biology of Fungal Infections led by Dr. Matthew G. Blango. The aim of the group is to conduct innovative, cutting-edge research on fungal pathogenesis with a focus on extracellular vesicles and RNA biology. The Leibniz-HKI is embedded in the outstanding scientific environment of the Beutenberg Campus providing state-of-the-art research facilities and a highly integrative network of life science groups. The PhD candidate will participate in the structured program of the International Leibniz Research School and become an associated member of the Jena School of Microbial Communication.

Salary is paid according to German TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). As an equal opportunity employer, the Leibniz-HKI is committed to increasing the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply. The anticipated start date is November 1st, 2021.

For further information:

Dr. Matthew G. Blango | +49 3641 532 1072 |


Complete applications in English should include a cover letter, a CV containing a complete list of publications, a brief statement of research experiences, the addresses of two possible referees, and should be submitted by June 15, 2021, via the Leibniz-HKI online application system.