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1 Postdoc position (f/m/d) Institute of Medical Microbiology

Uniklinik RWTH Aachen
Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (DE)
Closing date
15 Aug 2024

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Biomedicine, Health Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

As a tertiary and quaternary level provider of medical care, the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen combines patient-oriented medicine and care, teaching and research at an international level. The entire spectrum of medical care is provided through 36 specialist departments, 33 institutes and six interdisciplinary units. The co-location of patient care, research and teaching in a central building offers the best conditions for intensive interdisciplinary exchange and close clinical and scientific networking. Highly qualified teams of doctors, nurses and scientists work collaboratively to optimise the healthcare provision of our local, regional, national and international patients. Around 9,000 employees ensure that our care delivery is patient-oriented medicine and surpasses the highest quality standards. With 1,400 beds, the university hospital treats around 50,000 inpatient and 200,000 outpatient cases per year.

The Functional Microbiome Research Group at the Institute of Medical Microbiology offers

1 Postdoc position (f/m/d)

The fulltime position (38,5 hours/week) starts at 01.09.2024 and is funded until 31.12.2026, with the possibility of prolongation for another 2 years.

The project

The project aims to functionally study personalized collections of human gut bacteria in gnotobiotic mice, with a particular focus on colonization status and effects on the host, such as metabolic and immune responses, drug metabolism, and behavior.

Job description

You will work in the Functional Microbiome Research Group at the Institute of Medical Microbiology of the University Hospital in Aachen. The lab operates a unique anaerobic cultivation platform that generates personalized collections of hundreds of gut microbes. You will work together with this team and make use of the personalized collections in gnotobiotic experiments to study effects on the host. You will also participate in and share responsibility for the existing Gnotobiotic Unit within the group, together with a full-time technician and a team of animal caretakers. In this role, you will be a very important lab member at the interface between our own group and the Institute of Laboratory Animal Sciences.

Your profile

You hold a PhD degree in Science. You must have experience working with mice (including a FELASA certificate or equivalent), preferably with gnotobiotic mice. You must also have a strong interest in working in the field of microbiology, and more specifically gut microbiomes. You are well-organized, and able to make decisions after seeking all possible sources of information. Teamwork is essential in the Gnotobiotic Unit, so you must have good communication skills and enjoy solving challenges in a team. Very good command of the English language (oral and written) is mandatory. Good knowledge of German (oral only) might be an advantage for efficient work in the animal facility.

Why should you choose us?

  • A performance-related salary in accordance with the provisions of the TV-L (EG 13)
  • 30 days vacation/year for full-time employees
  • Employees recruit employees for nursing care / bonus of 3,000 euros
  • An attractive VBL company pension scheme
  • Further education and training opportunities Flexible working hours with electronic time recording
  • Attractive conditions for public transport
  • A company kindergarten (places subject to availability)
  • Staff residence (places subject to availability and by arrangement)
  • An onboarding app for new employees
  • Extended opening hours for our staff restaurant

This position is not gender specific.

The RWTH Aachen University Hospital promotes equal opportunities and diversity. Applications from women are expressly encouraged and if the applicant is suitable qualified, they will be given priority in accordance with the LGG. If suitably qualified, people with a registered disability will also receive priority.

Weekly hours are negotiable.

You should preferably use our digital application portal at for your application. There you have the option of securing your documents in the electronic application folder to prevent unauthorized access. Applications that reach us by e-mail to: (this transmission path cannot be as effectively secured) will be transferred to the aforementioned portal and any accompanying documents will be disposed of in accordance with data protection regulations immediately after transfer. After the retention period has expired, the data in the portal will also be deleted. If you do not agree to a transfer to the Application portal your application cannot be considered.

The application deadline for the advertised position GB-P-48529 is 15th of August 2024.


Please send one pdf file (labelled YOUR-NAME_MiGnoto_AC) to the respective contact person, including: motivation letter, curriculum vitae, copies of academicdegrees, FELASA certificate (or equivalent), transcripts of marks, contact information of at least two referees, and list of publications with electronic link for onlinevisualization or downloading (do not include your publications in the pdf file).

Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, Institute of Medical Microbiology, Functional Microbiome Research Group, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Clavel, Pauwelsstr.30, D-52074 Aachen.

For more detailed information please contact Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Clavel, E-Mail:

We are a very dynamic and interdisciplinary environment with state-of-the-art laboratory and equipment at the frontier between clinical and fundamental research.

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