Job Advertisement HKI-08/2021

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 department Molecular and Applied Microbiolgy of Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage as

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/div/m) in Fungal Infection Biology

for two years initially.

Research Areas: Successful candidates will investigate the molecular mechanism of interaction between the human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus and the immune system within the framework of the BMBF-funded InfectControl 2020 project AnDiPath (

Main topics of the project are:

  • Study on phagolysosomes and their importance for antifungal defence
  • Characterization of secreted A. fumigatus proteins in host-pathogen interaction
  • Establishment of an immunoassay for the detection of A. fumigatus antigen-specific antibodies
Candidate´s profile: ·      
  • Doctoral degree in biology, biochemistry, life sciences or a related discipline
  • A good background in standard techniques of molecular biology, microbiology as well as infection biology is expected
  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience in cell culture techniques, recombinant protein production, and immunoassays are advantageous
  • Ability to perform team-oriented as well as independent work
  • Good communication skills in English are a must

We offer:

The successful candidate will be hosted in the department Molecular and Applied Microbiology of Prof Dr. Axel Brakhage. 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. We offer multifaceted scientific project with excellent technical facilities, a place in a dynamic, committed team, as well as strong scientific collaborations.

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:

Dr. Olaf Kniemeyer | +49 3641 532 1071 |


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 March 15, 2021, via the Leibniz-HKI online application system.