Job Advertisement Leibniz-HKI-61/2021

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 Microbial Pathogenicity Mechanisms invites talented and highly gifted students to apply for a position as

student assistant (f/div/m)

Topic: Pathogenicity mechanisms of human pathogenic yeasts

Human pathogenic fungi frequently cause infections of skin and mucosa, however they are also capable of causing life threatening mycoses. The department of Microbial Pathogenicity Mechanisms and the Junior Research Group Adaptive Pathogenicity Strategies at the  Leibniz-HKI, investigate infections caused by human pathogenic fungi. Research is focused on the pathogenicity mechanisms of the yeasts Candida albicans and C. glabrata. In contrast to most other human pathogenic fungi, these Candida species are part of the normal human microbial flora. However, if the natural barrier of the host is breached, or if the immune system is compromised, Candida cells are able to cause infections. In these cases, the fungus can overgrow the microbial flora and may enter deeper tissue layers, the blood system and internal organs.

We offer:

A student assistant position for project-related work combined with general lab work. Applicants should already have practical lab experience as well as theoretical knowledge in microbiology, molecular biology and/or biochemistry. Late Bachelor or early Master stage students of Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Medicine or similar subjects are preferred. We also expect excellent abilities to work in an international team. The work will be done on an hourly basis in a very well-equipped S2 laboratory. Initially we assume an hourly work volume of around 10 h per week for at least 2 months.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Leibniz-HKI is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply.

For further information:

Dr. Lydia Kasper |


Please apply by sending your application with CV and certificate of study/transcript of records, via the Leibniz-HKI online application system. The deadline for the advertisement is December 23, 2021, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.