Job Advertisement HKI-15/2018

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – (HKI) investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. The department of Department of Molecular and Applied Microbiology (MAM) offers a position as

Master student

starting from October 2018.

Master Thesis: Metabolic engineering of filamentous fungi

In close collaboration with a partner from industry the project aims at metabolic engineering of biotechnologically important fungi. A broad spectrum of molecular biology techniques will be applied, including establishment of a transformation system and advanced genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9.

We are looking for a highly motivated student with interest in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biotechnology. Previous laboratory experience is an advantage. Our laboratory is international and therefore proficiency in English is required.

We offer you a challenging project, state-of-the-art instrumentation, and great work opportunities in a dynamic research institute with high reputation. The successful candidate will be hosted in the Department of Molecular and Applied Microbiology (Prof. Axel A. Brakhage).

As an equal opportunity employer the HKI is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply. For further information please contact


Complete applications in English should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, brief statement of research experiences, full academic record (copies of degree certificates), and should be submitted by 30.09.2018 via the online application system of the HKI.