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PhD in the field of antimicrobial resistance research, Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center, Germany

Offer details

  • Type de poste: PhD/Doctorat
  • Secteur : Public
  • Localité : International 
  • Limite de candidature : 08/01/2022
  • Profil de poste:
    Recherche et innovation
  • Domaine(s) :
    Microbiologie et Immunologie, Recherche médicale et clinique


ORGANISATION/COMPANY: Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Lung Center
RESEARCH FIELD: Biological sciences, Medical sciences
RESEARCHER PROFILE: First Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 08/01/2022 22:00 – Europe/Brussels
LOCATION: Germany › Borstel / Sülfeld
JOB STATUS: Part-time

Offer description

We are announcing a 65% position as PhD candidate (m/f/d) in the field of antimicrobial resistance research.

The position is offered for 3 years.

The Borstel Research Center is an internationally renowned research institute with 550 employees, financed by the Federal Government and the State of Schleswig-Holstein. Our central task is research and patient care in the field of respiratory diseases.

We operate both basic research infrastructures and a medical clinic. Our goal is to improve existing methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of lung diseases and to develop new, innovative therapeutic approaches.


Infections with antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria are a major public health burden. Annually increasing numbers of AMR related deaths reflect the inability of current treatment practices to counteract on rapid bacterial evolution and inevitable adaptations leading to resistance against existing and new antibiotics.

The PhD project will explore novel in vitro approaches to reverse existing antimicrobial resistances in model organisms such as Mycobacterium bovis BCG vaccine strain or Haemophilus influenzae under biosafety level 2 conditions.

The envisaged project can further be complemented with metagenomic analysis of patient specimens for the presence of AMR genes. The PhD student will combine classical microbiological experiments, knowledge of molecular AMR mechanisms, and next generation sequencing based microbial genomics.


• Master (or equivalent): Biology or related field
• Background in molecular biology, and/or microbiology
• Experience with microbiological experiments, genomic analysis, and/or bacterial genetics


• Your new workplace is located in a top class research center close to Hamburg
• Participation in a productive and active team
• Personal atmosphere and support
• Payment according to TVöD-VKA incl. all benefits usually offered in the public sector
• Family-friendly working conditions and flexible working hours
• Childcare centre and workplace health promotion

The FZB is certified for the “berufundfamilie” audit and specifically promotes the compatibility of career and family. The under-represented gender is given special consideration while maintaining the same professional and personal aptitude. Severely handicapped persons with otherwise equal aptitude are also given preferential consideration. For more information about our certifications, please visit our homepage.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Matthias Merker (mmerker@fz-borstel.de).

Please  send your application with the usual documents (without photo) up to 15.01.2022 to our website www.fz-borstel.de.

For us, your age, gender and sexual identity, your world view, your ethnicity or a handicap are not important. We are solely interested in your knowledge and skills and your ability to work in a team. If attractive work content and a solution-oriented approach are more important to you than formalities, you are in the right place!

Where to send your application

COMPANY: Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Lung Center