Research Assistant / Section of Ecology

Research Assistant / Section of Ecology

Osnabrueck University

Osnabrueck, Lower Saxony, Germany

The section of Ecology in the Department of Biology/Chemistry at the University of Osnabrück invites applications for the position of a

Research Assistant (f/m)
(salary grade E 13 TV-L, 65 %)

starting as soon as possible. The position is limited for a period of three years.

Your responsibilities:

  • Elucidate the structure, regulation, and functioning of intercellular nanotubes. These structures are used by bacteria to exchange cytoplasmic materials among bacterial cells (Pande et al. 2015 Nature Communications).
  • Generation and functional characterization of bacterial mutants.
  • Application of physiological, molecular biological, and microscopic methods.
  • Analyse the transcriptomes, proteomes, and metabolomes of nanotube-forming cell populations.
  • Collaboration in the subproject P19 of the Collaborative Research Center 944 “Physiology and dynamics of microcompartments”.
  • The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work towards a PhD.

Required qualifications:

  • The candidate must hold a university degree (M.Sc. or diploma) in biology, biochemistry, or a related field.
  • Excellent final degree.
  • Sound knowledge in molecular biological methods.
  • Practical experience in microbiological working techniques.
  • Excellent command in written and spoken English.
  • Structured and independent way of working.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience in the application of high-resolution imaging techniques as well as electron-microscopic methods.
  • Experience in the generation and analysis of large-scale ‘Omics’-data sets.
  • Ability to work in a team.

We offer:

  • An exciting and highly topical research project.
  • Integration into the Collaborative Research Center 944 “Physiology and dynamics of cellular microcompartments“ and its integrated education and funding programmes.
  • Collaboration in an interdisciplinary and international research team whose work focusses on the ecology and evolution of metabolic cross-feeding interactions in bacteria.

Osnabrück University has been certified as a family-friendly university committed to helping working/studying parents and carers balance their family and work life.

The university aspires to ensure equal opportunities for men and women and strives to work towards a gender balance in schools or departments where new appointments are made.

If equally qualified candidates apply, preference will be given to those with special needs.

Please send your application (including a letter of motivation, CV, publication list, copies of certificates, as well as names and contact details of 3 referees) as one PDF file via Email to the Dean of the Division of Biology/Chemistry (Email: Application deadline is February 8th 2019.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Christian Kost (email:, homepage:

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Research Assistant / Section of Ecology