Postdoc within the SecMessFunctions project: Germany

Responsibilities and duties

The successful candidate will work in the framework of the ERC-funded project “SecMessFunctions: Revealing second messenger functions in bacterial stress response, cell differentiation and natural product biosynthesis”. In this project, we will explore second messengers and regulatory pathways controlling cell differentiation in Streptomyces bacteria. We will employ biochemical approaches to identify new effectors and enzymes in second messenger networks. Fluorescence microscopy-based techniques, molecular biology and bacterial genetics methods will be used to investigate the underlying mechanism controlling development and bacterial stress responses.

Employment conditions

To qualify for the position, applicants must hold a university science degree in microbiology, molecular biology or biochemistry. A relevant PhD/doctoral degree is expected. Experience in microbiology, bacterial genetics and microscopy will be considered as advantage. Candidates should have published in peer-review journals, be scientifically highly motivated, team-oriented and have excellent English communication skills (written and spoken).

Leibniz University Hannover considers itself a family-friendly university and therefore promotes a balance between work and family responsibilities. Part-time employment can be arranged upon request.

The university aims to promote equality between women and men. For this purpose, the university strives to reduce under-representation in areas where a certain gender is under-represented. Women are under-represented in the salary scale of the advertised position. Therefore, qualified women are encouraged to apply. Moreover, we welcome applications from qualified men. Preference will be given to equally-qualified applicants with disabilities.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Natalia Tschowri (


Please send your application with a letter of motivation, your CV incl. a list of publications, copies of relevant certificates and contact information of 2 academic references until April 10, 2022 in electronic form (as a single PDF-file) to the above-mentioned email-address or alternatively via postal mail to:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institut für Mikrobiologie
Prof. Dr. Natalia Tschowri
Herrenhäuser Str. 2, Geb. 4104
30419 Hannover

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