Job Advertisement Leibniz-HKI-50/2021

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. The department of Molecular and Applied Microbiology  invites talented and highly gifted candidates to apply as as a

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/div/m) Infection Biology

starting from November 2021 at the earliest for 2 years initially.

The successful candidate will work with the BMBF-funded interdisciplinary network InfectControl, which has the goal to develop new strategies for the combat of infectious diseases. In our trans-regional project “VIKON” we are working on a new approach based on virus-binding nanoparticles for the treatment of COVID-19.

Your tasks:

  • Development of methods to monitor the binding and uptake of virus aggregates by host cells using fluorescence microscopy (including CLSM)

  • Establishment of in-vitro models for testing the therapeutic potential of conjugates

  • Participation in the production and testing of peptide nanoparticle conjugates 

We expect:

  • PhD degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related life sciences.

  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience in fluorescence microscopy (incl. CLSM), cell cultivation and cell-based assays

  • General knowledge about virology/infection biology, excellent communication skills and the ability to work on a cross-disciplinary project. Experience in recombinant protein production would be preferable

  • Very good communication skills in English

We offer:

  • An interesting, interdisciplinary project in the field of infection biology/virology

  • State-of-the-art equipment at an internationally renowned research institute

  • Opportunity to gain further qualification at the institute and by attending courses offered by the Graduate Academy of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

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.

For further information:

Prof. Dr. Axel A. Brakhage | +49 3641 532 1001 |


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 via the Leibniz-HKI online application system. The deadline for the advertisement is October 30, 2021, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.