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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 wants to support young researchers on their way to scientific independence and therefore invites talented candidates to apply as

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/div/m)

with the possibility to establish their own research group. The position is limited to two years initially during which the successful candidate will be supported in acquiring funding for a junior research group.

The candidate should work in one of the main scientific fields of the Leibniz-HKI and envisage an innovative research project that stimulates our focal research areas. Possible topics include – but are not limited to – the following:

  • New concepts in natural product exploration
  • Systems biology of microbial consortia / bioinformatics
  • Infection biology of human-pathogenic fungi
  • Therapeutic microbes
  • Infection immunology

We seek applications from highly committed, advanced postdoctoral researchers with international experience and an outstanding scientific track record. The successful candidate is expected to actively collaborate within our interdisciplinary research community. The successful candidate will be affiliated with a suitable research group at the Leibniz-HKI – depending on the thematic focus – and will have access to the existing research structure. We will support her/him in identifying suitable funding opportunities for junior research groups (e.g. DFG Emmy Noether Programme, Leibniz Competition) and provide support for preparation of the grant proposal. In case of successful acquisition of funding, the candidate will lead an independent junior research group at the Leibniz-HKI.

Candidate’s profile:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) and postdoctoral research experience in any scientific discipline represented in the focal areas of the Leibniz-HKI
  • 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
  • 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-the-art research facilities and a highly integrative network of life science groups
  • Attractive staff benefits and a family-friendly working environment with flexible working options
  • Comprehensive support in developing the research profile and acquiring third-party funding
  • Salary is paid according to German TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees)

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 ethnic origin, 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, and the addresses of two possible referees and should be submitted via the Leibniz-HKI online application system. The deadline for the advertisement is October 2, 2023, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Postdoctoral Researcher (f/div/m)
Beutenbergstrasse 11a Jena, Germany
Application deadline
2023-10-02 23:59 (Europe/Berlin)
2023-10-02 23:59 (CET)
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