Job Advertisement 333/2023

Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The junior research group of Robotic-assisted Discovery of Antiinfectives seeks to fill the position of a

Scientific Researcher (f/div/m)

start at the earliest possible date.

This project is a close collaboration between Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Leibniz-HKI, and focuses on fully automated assays for the discovery and development of antimicrobial agents. You will work on a new robotic infrastructure that is being established at the Leibniz-HKI and you can make a significant contribution to the fight against infectious diseases. This project is funded by the Free State of Thuringia with means of the European Social Fund (ESF).

Your responsibilities:

  • The development of molecular biological and microbiological assays and their implementation on a new robotics platform

  • Independently conduct experiments, analyse and interpret data, present results in seminars and conferences

  • Tutoring of other researchers, including masters and bachelors students

  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team of experimental and data scientists

Your profile:

  • MSc degree with focus on microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field

  • Experience in cell culture, image acquisition and analysis are preferred

  • Ideally, experience with liquid handling systems and implementation of screenings

  • Basic programming skills (e.g. Python or R) are an advantage

  • The ability to work independently and proactively

  • Excellent communication skills in German and English is necessary

We offer:

  • A communicative environment with an active scientific community

  • Excellent technical facilities and strong local, national and international scientific collaborations

  • Participation in the structured program of the Jena graduate schools International Leibniz Research School or the Jena School for Microbial Communication

  • A comprehensive mentoring program including training in soft skills offered by the Graduate Academy

  • University health promotion and a wide range of university sports activities

  • A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families: University Family Office ‘JUniFamilie’ and flexible childcare (‘JUniKinder);

  • Attractive fringe benefits, e.g. capital formation benefits (VL), Job Ticket (benefits for public transport), and an occupational pension (VBL)

  • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) up to salary scale E13, 65% —depending on the candidate’s personal qualifications—, including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement.

The advertised position is (initially) limited to until 31.12.2025. This project provides the opportunity to pursue a doctoral thesis on the same topic.

Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.

Further information:

Dr. Luzia Gyr | +49 3641 532 1481 |

Are you eager to work for us? Then submit your detailed written application via the Leibniz-HKI application portal, stating the vacancy ID 333/2023 by 8 December 2023.

For further information for applicants, please also refer to portal (in German).
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