Postdoctoral Researcher - Transcriptome studies on marine invertebrates: Germany

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. The independent research group Chemical Biology of Microbe-Host Interactions invites applications for a Post-doctoral Researcher (m/f) for the project “Transcriptome studies of morphogenic processes in the marine hydroid Hydractinia”

Proposed Project Workflow:

  1. comparative and/or differential transcriptome analysis (RNAseq) of different growth stages of a marine invertebrate
  2. in silico analysis of signalling cascade underlying the bacterial-induced metamorphosis
  3. phylogenetic analysis of putative chemoreceptors
  4. in-situ hybridization to study the local expression levels of receptor candidates

Our requirements: A strong interest in conducting collaborative research on the topic outlined above is paramount. Candidates are expected to be interested in working at the boundaries of several research domains.

  • very good theoretical and practical skills in bioinformatics and/or cellular biology of marine invertebrates
  • the candidate should embrace working in a young international research team and conducting research that covers multiple biological disciplines
  • a PhD degree in Life Sciences, Cell Biology and/or Computational Biology, Bioinformatics. Candidates about to obtain their degree are welcome to apply!
  • an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in a lively community of the HKI, the JSMC and ILRS community
  • very good communication and writing skills (English)

We offer an international and multi-disciplinary environment. Currently the group consists of ~10 members at different levels of seniority; post-doctoral scientists, PhD students, master students.

Further information: Dr. Christine Beemelmanns |

Complete applications in English should include a CV, certificates, transcripts, a brief statement of research experiences and interests and the contact details of two possible referees, and should be submitted via Final Deadline: January 20, 2019; but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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