Open position at DSMZ as Postdoctoral research associate (m/f/d)


The Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH, Braunschweig is one of the largest bioresource centers worldwide and conducts cutting-edge research on microbial diversity. The Bacteriophage Group of the Department Bioresources for Bioeconomy and Health Research is seeking for a

Postdoctoral research associate (m/f/d)

(100%, E13 TV-L, not eligible for part time work)

Viruses that prey on bacteria (bacteriophages) and archaea (archaeoviruses) represent the most abundant biological entities on this planet. In recent years, revolutionary discoveries on the biology of bacteriophages opened up new horizons in research but also enabled novel applications. Therefore, the DSMZ bacteriophage collection and its societal and clinical relevance has attracted a great deal of associated research opportunities as well as extensive coverage in the press.

In an externally funded application oriented project with a dedicated translational focus, the post-doctoral activities will include the isolation and characterization of phages for targeted preclinical development. Essential for the position are a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in the field of microbiology, working knowledge of bacteriophages, phage and bacterial cultivation, and general molecular biology and microbiology techniques and documented experience in bioinformatic analysis and data management. Candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading cooperative, distributed projects, in strong communication skills that will enable effective interaction with offsite partners within and outside Germany, in high motivation and strengths in goal-oriented project management. Continuous scientific discussion with all partners involved in the project and competence in teamwork are prerequisites. Strong English skills are essential and knowledge of German would be a plus.

DSMZ offers state-of-the-art, well-equipped laboratories with high-throughput sequencers (Pacific Biosciences, Illumina), a dedicated, powerful bioinformatics server infrastructure for data analysis and an interdisciplinary working environment with excellent opportunities for developing your scientific career and networks. Employment is for 24 months. The planned starting date is July 1, 2022.

The institutes of the Leibniz Association strive to increase the proportion of female scientists and encourage female candidates specifically to apply. Disabled applicants with identical technical and personal qualifications will be preferentially selected.

The DSMZ is an equal opportunity employer, supports balanced work-life career development and holds the certificate of the audit berufundfamilie®.

For further information and more detailed project descriptions please contact Dr. Christine Rohde (christine.rohde(at) or Dr. Johannes Wittmann (johannes.wittmann(at)

Please, send your complete application documents including a CV, motivation letter, three references, copy of degree/diploma certificates and three publications with application number 05/22 in a single pdf file to bewerbung(at) The deadline for this application is May 15, 2022 or until the position is filled.

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