Job Advertisement Extern (Reg.-No. 5/2018)

The Center for Innovation Competence (ZIK) SEPTOMICS in Jena ( is a cross-faculty research center, commonly supported by the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, the University Hospital Jena and the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute. The ZIK Septomics is a central partner in infection and sepsis research in Jena and combines applied basic research and clinical research under one roof. The research focuses on the systems biology of systemic infections with the aim of developing new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. The Junior Research Group Host Fungal Interfaces offers a

Doctoral Researcher (m/f) Host Fungal Interfaces
(50 %)

starting May 1st, 2018 until April 30th, 2021.

The project focuses on studying the responses of Candida spp. to environmental conditions found in the host, specifically nutrients and pH, and the impact of these responses on fungal pathogenicity. Successful candidates will investigate virulence traits of pathogenic Candida spp. alone and in mixed infections, specifically with skin infection-associated pathogens, such as Staphylococcus sp. and Pseudomonas sp. The Junior Research Group Host Fungal Interfaces performs state of the art research to investigate the pathogenesis of C. albicans and C. tropicalis, common colonizers of the human skin. Severe damage to these surfaces and/or compromised immune status of the individual can trigger the transition of these opportunistic pathogens to a virulent state, resulting in infection, which often involves microbial biofilms. The aim is to identify factors and conditions that foster the transition of these fungi from a harmless colonizer to an aggressive pathogen.

Your profile: We are seeking for a highly motivated and technically skilled doctoral candidate with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Life Sciences (e.g. Biology, Microbiology, Immunology) and a strong background in microbiology, immunology and molecular biology. Experiences in fungal biology/genetics and/or host-pathogen interactions are preferable but not required. Applicants should have very good communication skills in English and a high motivation to perform team-oriented as well as independent work.

We offer: The successful candidate will be hosted in the newly established independent Junior Research Group Host Fungal Interfaces. We offer a multifaceted scientific project supported by excellent technical facilities, a place in an international, committed team, as well as strong scientific collaborations. As a PhD student, you will have the opportunity to be integrated in the well-recognized graduate school JSMC (, which offers extensive mentoring support and provides additional training through a structured onsite programme. Training will include key areas of science and technology, and complementary skills.

The position is a part-time work (50%), remunerated under state salary scheme TV-L E13 (salary agreement for public service employees) and limited to a term of three years. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude are given preferential consideration.

For further information:

Dr. Slavena Vylkova | +49 3641 532 1473 |


Complete applications in English should include a CV, certificates, a brief statement of research experiences and interests, a complete list of publications, the addresses of two possible referees, and should be submitted as a single pdf-file until March 18th, 2018 to Dr. Slavena Vylkova ( referring to
Reg. No. 5/2018.

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