Postdoc in Food Microbiology: Germany

The Division of Microbiology at the School of Biology/Chemistry, University of Osnabrück opens a position for a Research Assistant, Post-Doc (m/f/d) in a project on microbiological safety in food processing. The position is available for 3 years and is funded by the Forschungskreis der Ernährungsindustrie (FEI).

Your tasks:

  • Investigation of the survival of human-pathogenic bacteria in food production processes
  • Generation and characterisation of banks with transposon insertions in Salmonella enterica
  • Establishing model systems for chocolate production processes
  • Performance of Tn-Seq analyses for genome-wide detection of fitness factors
  • Bioinformatic analyses of deep sequencing data sets
  • Characterisation of mechanisms of stress response, persistence, and resilience in Salmonella enterica

Requirements for employment:

  • Completed scientific university studies in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related fields
  • PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related fields

Ideally you have:

  • Experience in microbiology, food microbiology, biochemistry, or chemistry
  • Experience in genetic analysis of bacterial pathogens
  • working experience with modern molecular biological methods
  • a very good degree
  • structured and independent way of working
  • team-oriented working style
  • good communication in English

We offer you:

  • Pay grade E13 TV-L, up to 100%
  • Part-time employment is possibility
  • Collaboration in a working group with various research activities to understand the virulence mechanisms of S. enterica
  • Collaboration with working groups of the DIL (Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V.) and confectionery-producing companies
  • State-of-the-art instrumental infrastructure (CellNanOs) in a cooperative working environment


Please send your application with the usual documents and two reference addresses to Michael Hensel. We look forward to receiving your application.

As a family-friendly university, the University of Osnabrück is committed to the compatibility of work/study and family. The University of Osnabrück particularly wants to promote the professional equality of women and men. Therefore, it strives to increase the proportion of the gender that is underrepresented in the respective area. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified.

Further information:

Please contact Prof. Dr. Michael Hensel at +49 541 969 3940,

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