Job Advertisement 07/2024

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Leibniz-HKI)
investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. The Leibniz-HKI invites talented and highly qualified candidates to apply for a position as a

Postdoctoral Researcher on “Therapeutic Microbes”

for two years initially, with the perspective to establish an own research group.

Your tasks:

The successful candidate will aim to develop genetically modified microorganisms for therapeutic use that are targeted directly to the site of the disease, for example in the gut, to release antiinfective compounds. The goal is to develop effective treatments against pathogens while keeping the native microbiome intact. The project “Therapeutic Microbes” will strengthen our research in synthetic biology and enhance the translational approaches to develop new treatments for infectious diseases.

We seek applications from highly committed postdoctoral researchers with international experience and an outstanding scientific track record. Candidates with background in microbiology or synthetic biology and enthusiasm for both translational science as well as novel therapeutic concepts are welcome to apply.

The group will be integrated into the Leibniz-HKI, embedded in an outstanding scientific environment with state-of-art research facilities and top equipment. It will be closely associated with the Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI). The successful candidate is expected to actively collaborate within our interdisciplinary research community. She/he will be encouraged to participate in the structured doctoral training programs ILRS (International Leibniz Research School for Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions) and JSMC (Jena School for Microbial Communication) and the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse.

We expect:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in the Life Sciences, preferably in microbiology or synthetic biology, degree obtained no longer than four years ago.

  • An excellent track record in your research area 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 Leibniz-HKI community

  • The willingness to apply for further third party funding and contribute to collaborative projects

  • We encourage applications from researchers who spent time abroad and wish to return to Germany to establish a scientific career here

We offer:

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

  • An outstanding scientific environment at the Beutenberg Campus providing state-of-theart research facilities and a highly integrative network of life science groups

  • Remuneration in accordance to German TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees)

  • Attractive staff benefits and a family-friendly working environment with flexible working options

    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 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 March 15, 2024, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.