The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – (Leibniz-HKI, www.leibniz-hki.de) investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. The Bio Pilot Plant invites talented and highly gifted candidates to apply for
Bioprocess Engineer/ Bio-physicist (f/div/m) for three years initially with the possiblity to obtain a doctoral degree.
Research Area: The research of the Microfluidics Group at the Bio Pilot Plant has been focused on the establishment of a droplet-based microfluidic strategy to exploit microbial diversity and screen with ultra-high throughput for bacteria producing novel natural products. As pioneers in the encapsulation and cultivation of cells and microorganisms in droplets, we are further developing our microfluidic platform to address all the details required for its effective application. To further expand the applicability of our technology and upgrade it with the latest innovations of ultra-high throughput liquid handling, we initiated, under the frame of the Leibniz ScienceCampus InfectoOptics, an interdisciplinary cooperation project between the HKI Bio Pilot Plant, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology IPHT.
The successful candidate will design, construct and optimize sample multiplexing and droplet deposition equipment for the established droplet microfluidic platform. Additionally, he/she will integrate advanced droplet analytics developed by the project partners into the platform. Work will take place in a dynamic and highly motivated group. Within the group, the Engineer will experience strong support based on lively collaboration and friendly interaction between the interdisciplinary scientists and access to state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, the applicant will have all possibilities to realize own innovative ideas and develop new projects while contributing to the organization within the Microfluidics Group.
The research group 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 and technical science institutes and groups. We offer excellent technical facilities, a place in a committed team, as well as strong scientific collaborations. As a PhD candidate, the applicant will be a graduate student at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and benefit from the extended graduate training of the Jena Graduate Academy and the Jena School of Microbial Communication.
Salary is according to German TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). As an equal opportunity employer the HKI is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply. The position will be filled as soon as possible.
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