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Job offer ref. #11-21003


The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SGN conducts natural history research with almost 800 employees and research institutions in six federal states. Within SGN, the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) explores the interactions between biodiversity, climate, and society.


Senckenberg BiK-F invites applications for a




PostDoc Position (m/f/d) in the project


Nanopore sequencing for decentralized pathogen identification


(100 %)




The position is in the research group of Professor Marco Thines at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre. The research conducted in this group spans a wide range of disciplines and topics including cell biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genomics and plant-pathogen interactions of oomycetes. Their aim is to gain insights in the biodiversity of oomycetes and a deeper knowledge of the evolutionary processes that have shaped oomycete diversity and their biotic interaction.


You will initially work in the project: “Securing the future of agriculture through mobile, biopore-based, universal high-throughput sequencing for the detection of plant pathogens and parasites (AGRIFUTURE)”, funded by the BMEL. 


Your profile:


·       PhD in evolutionary biology, ecology, bioinformatics, microbiology, or related field


·       Strong publication record showing keen interest in nanopore sequencing


·       Excellent communication and writing skills in English


·       Bioinformatics skills, including NGS data analysis, e.g. de novo genome assembly, metabarcoding, metagenomics, transcriptomics


·       Laboratory experience, e.g. DNA extraction, library construction


·       Creativity, ambition, analytical and collaborative skills




Salary and benefits are according to a full-time public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13, 100 %). The contract should start as soon as possible - ideally on March 15th, 2021 - and will initially be limited until 14.02.2024.


The Senckenberg Research Institutes support equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #11-21003) before February 28th, 2021 by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) and including a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, a detailed CV and a copy of your certification to:


Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung


Senckenberganlage 25


60325 Frankfurt am Main


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For more information contact Prof. Marco Thines (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!).

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