Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie

    Doktorandenstelle zu besetzen


    To strengthen our team, talented and highly qualified candidates are invited to apply for a position as Doctoral Researcher (PhD, f/m/d)

    The Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology of the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg combines clinical diagnostics and state of the art research in infectious diseases with services in patient care. The Chair for Medical Microbiology and Mycology is among the internationally leading centers for the diagnosis of invasive fungal infections. Our sister laboratory (Research Group Fungal Septomics) at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute (Leibniz-HKI, www.leibniz-hki.de) in Jena investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. Together, our research focuses on the epidemiology, diagnosis and infection biology of invasive fungal pathogens.

    Talented and highly qualified candidates are invited to apply for a position in the Research Group Fungal Septomics as a

    Doctoral Researcher (f/div/m) in infection biology of invasive fungal pathogens

    for three years initially.


    Research Areas: Microbiology, Mycology, Infection Biology, Immunology

    This project is part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center / Transregio (CRC/TR) “FungiNet” (https://www.funginet.de).

    The position is located primarily in the Research Group Fungal Septomics at the Leibniz-HKI in Jena, but the candidate will be expected to have lab exchanges with the Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology in Würzburg.


    The field of study:

    The successful candidate will investigate networks modulating human neutrophil activity in the context of fungal infection.

    The main topics of the project may include:

    • Ex vivo human whole-blood infection assays and primary immune cell assays.
    • Analysis of host-pathogen interactions between fungal pathogens and immune cells.
    • Mimicking patient relevant settings in ex vivo whole blood and modulation of whole-blood responses by antifungal treatment.


    Required Qualifications:

    • Master´s degree (or equivalent) in life sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, or microbiology) - candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are eligible to apply.
    • Experimental background in immunology, microbiology, cell biology or related fields.
    • Experience with immune cell isolation, flow cytometry, cell culture and molecular biology is an advantage.
    • The candidate should be able to perform team-oriented as well as independent work.
    • Very good communication skills in English are compulsory.


    We offer:

    The successful candidate will be hosted in the Research Group Fungal Septomics. 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. The PhD candidate will perform cutting-edge basic and applied research in the area of fungal infections, using immunology and microbiology techniques. Work will be performed in an experienced team of basic and physician scientists in an internationally visible research group in medical mycology.

    Salary is paid according to German TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). The Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg is an equal opportunities employer and place emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. The Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg intends to raise the number of disabled persons in its employment. In the case of equally qualified applicants, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.


    Further information: 

    Dr. Kerstin Hünniger | +49 3641 532 1362 | kerstin.huenniger@leibniz-hki.de



    Complete applications in English or German should include a cover letter, a CV containing a complete list of publications, a brief statement of research experiences, the addresses of up to three academic references. Closing date for applications: 12th September 2021, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

    Applications should be submitted as a single pdf file by e-mail (subject line: PhD_Jena_2021) to: