Job Advertisement Leibniz-HKI-62/2021

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 research group of Translational Infection Medicine invites talented and highly gifted candidates to apply as as a

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/div/m) Infection Biology

starting from January 2022 at the earliest for 5 years.

Your tasks:

The successful candidate will work on a project on innate immune training. More specifically, we have recently described that the alarmin heme induces persisting adaptations of myelopoiesis altering the host response to and disease course of polymicrobial sepsis. For further information please read here (PNAS, Frontiers). This research project is following these findings and the researcher will investigate prevailing phenotypes in innate immune training. The project encompasses in vivo and in vitro infections, immunology techniques such as bone marrow transplantations and conventional molecular biology.

We expect:

  • PhD degree in immunology, biology, biochemistry, or related life sciences

  • Excellent communication skills and team-oriented working attitude

  • Desirable methodological skills: excellent background and expertise in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology and/or microbiology, animal models

  • Outstanding track record of planning, performing, and publishing original research

  • Fluency in English

We offer:

  • An interesting, interdisciplinary project in the field of infection biology/immunology/host microbe interaction with a long-term work contract

  • State-of-the-art equipment at an internationally renowned research institute in close cooperation with the Jena University Hospital

  • Support for further qualifications at the institute and by attending courses offered by the Graduate Academy of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

  • Possibility for habilitation according to the requirements of the Medical Faculty of the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena

  • A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families

The successful candidate will be hosted in the research group of Translational Infection Medicine of Prof. Dr. Sebastian Weis. 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 a multifaceted scientific project with excellent technical facilities, a place in a young, friendly, interactive and committed team, as well as strong scientific collaborations. Jena is a recognized international center for infectious disease and sepsis research hosting amongst others the Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse”, the graduate “Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)”, the Center for Sepsis Control and Care, the German Sepsis Society.

The employment relationship is concluded with the Jena University Hospital as part of the clinical affiliation of the group with the Institute of Infectious Disease and Infection Control. Salary is paid according to German TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). Severely disabled persons are given preferential consideration in the case of equal suitability.

For further information:

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Weis | +49 3641 532 1011 |


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 January 11, 2022, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.