Job advertisement

Vacancy ID: 209/2022
Closing date: 2022-07-15


Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The department of Biochemistry at the Center for Molecular Biomedicine (CMB) seeks to fill the position of a

Research Assistant / Doctoral Candidate (f/m/x)

to the next possible date. We offer part-time position (65%) limited until 30 June 2026.

Within the Biochemistry Department, research of the Heinzel lab focuses on the investigation of the molecular mechanisms of gene regulation, in particular repression of transcription. As our new Doctoral Candidate, you will play a vital role in ensuring the success of our DFG-funded project that is part of the CRC 1127 “ChemBioSys”.

Your responsibilities:

    • You will perform Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) experiments to investigate the binding of the transcription factor BasR to biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs)
    • Conduct Avidin Biotin Complex DNA (ABCD) assays to identify ors BGC- and BasR-binding proteins
    • Characterization of newly identified proteins
    • Molecular cloning of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans
    • Conduct interdisciplinary research within the CRC 1127 “ChemBioSys”
    • Investigate BGCs regulated by the HDAC SirE using ChIP experiments

Your profile:

    • We expect highly motivated and qualified candidates
    • University degree (M. Sc. or diploma) with focus on Biochemistry/Microbiology/Molecular Biology or a similar program
    • Good knowledge of Microbiology is an advantage
    • Experience in the field of epigenetics would be desirable

We offer:

    • Interdisciplinary research at the interface between Biochemistry and Microbiology
    • DFG-funded project embedded in the CRC 1127 “ChemBioSys”
    • Excellent equipment and infrastructure of the Friedrich Schiller University and Leibniz Hans-Knöll-Institute (HKI)
    • Option to participate in national and international conferences
    • Graduate Academy of the FSU and a Research Training program of the JSMC for doctoral candidates

The advertised position is initially limited to a maximum of 4 years.

This is a part-time position with 65% of the working hours of a full-time employee (26 hours per week).

Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.

Are you eager to work for us? Then submit your detailed written application, preferably by email (one PDF file), stating the vacancy ID 209/2022 by (entry date) to:

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Heinzel
Center for Molecular Biomedicine (CMB)
Hans-Knoell-Str. 2
D-07745 Jena
or by email to:

Since all application documents will be duly destroyed after the recruitment process, we ask you to submit only copies of your documents.

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