Job Advertisement Leibniz-HKI-51/2023

The Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI) is a project of the National Roadmap for Research Infrastructures of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). As one of the supporting institutions of the LPI, the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute (Leibniz-HKI) is establishing an

Independent Translational Research Group “Applied Infection Immunology”

and invites applications for the

Junior Group Leader Position (f/div/m).

We provide an opportunity for you to pursue your own research project for five years. Candidates with background in infection immunology and enthusiasm for translational science and potential willingness for interdisciplinary collaboration are welcome to apply.

The independent translational research group Applied Infection Immunology will strengthen the microbiology and immunology in the dynamically developing field of applied cellular immunology. The translational group to be established aims to both foster aspects of basic research and establish the basis for applications, such as immune-cell based diagnostics and immune cell therapy at the site. We therefore seek applications from excellent, highly committed, advanced postdoctoral researchers with international experience and an outstanding scientific track record in infection biology, preferably in the fields of cellular immunology, single-cell RNA-sequencing and FACS. The successful candidate will establish her/his research group in the field of applied infection immunology and cell therapy.

The independent Translational Research Group will have access to the existing excellent research infrastructure at the Leibniz-HKI. The group will be embedded in an outstanding scientific environment with state-of-art research facilities and top equipment.

The successful candidate is expected to actively collaborate within our interdisciplinary research community. She/he will be encouraged to actively participate in the structured doctoral training programs ILRS (International Leibniz Research School for Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions) or JSMC (Jena School for Microbial Communication).

The full-time position of junior group leader is available as of January 01, 2024. The Translational Research Group, including own budget for personnel, consumables and investments, is funded by the Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI) and the Leibniz-HKI for five years, with potential extensions for two years twice depending on positive evaluations.

We expect:
  • A PhD (or equivalent) and postdoctoral research experience in Life Sciences, preferably in infection biology

  • Leadership abilities to develop and perform an ambitious research program in the innovative fields of applied infectious disease, immunology, and cell therapy

  • An excellent track record as well as successful interdisciplinary cooperation

  • The ability to work creatively and independently towards developing your own research group

  • An integrative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the dynamic LPI research community

  • Great enthusiasm for translational science and potential willingness for interdisciplinary collaboration

We offer:
  • A cutting-edge research project in translational immunology in a modern workplace with top equipment

  • A highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research

  • Remuneration in accordance to German TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees) depending on the personal qualifications up to salary scale E15

  • Funding for personnel to build a group and an annual budget for consumables and investments

  • Attractive staff benefits and a scheme for promoting your health and well-being, and a family-friendly working environment with flexible working options

  • Participation in structured qualification and mentoring programs

The Leibniz-HKI is embedded in the outstanding scientific environment of the Beutenberg Campus, in particular the LPI, providing state-of-the-art research facilities and a highly integrative network of life science groups.

Further information:

Dr. Christine Vogler | +49 3641 532-1447 |


Leibniz-HKI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It aims to increase the proportion of underrepresented groups in case of equal suitability. All qualified persons, regardless of color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other classification protected by law will receive consideration for employment.

Complete applications in English, including a cover letter with a brief statement of research experiences, a CV with a complete list of publications, and the addresses of two possible referees should be submitted by October 31, 2023, via the Leibniz-HKI online application system.