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Job offer 06/19

Curator / Staff Scientist (m/f/d) - (Cyanobacteria and Protists)

The Department of Microorganisms at the Leibniz-Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH offers the position of a

Curator / Staff Scientist (m/f/d)
(Cyanobacteria and Protists)

The appointment will be initially for 5 years and is subject to extension based on a positive interim evaluation. The salary level will be according to TV-L 14. The position is offered as full time and is not appropriate for part time work.

The Department of Microorganisms represents one of five different departments at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ. It covers the whole breadth of microbial diversity and consists currently of one research group and six separate collections of microorganisms. The department strives to be an inspiring working place for experts in both state-of-the-art cultivation-based and molecular approaches for the purpose of microbial taxonomy, general microbiology and microbial ecology. The main task of the curator will be the management and scientific development of the collection "Cyanobacteria and Protists". This includes continuous improvement of techniques in cultivation, preservation, and molecular taxonomy, the science-oriented development of the collection, participation in international taxonomic committees (ECCO/WFCC), data administration and customer support. Third-party financed research, collaboration within and across departments, and supervision of visiting scientists and students is expected.

We seek a highly motivated and creative person with expertise in the biology and taxonomy of cyanobacteria and other phototrophic microorganisms. Candidates need to hold a doctoral degree in microbiology or a similar research field and should be able to lead a small team and to collaborate with other scientists. Working experience in cultivation, taxonomy, and molecular biology of cyanobacteria is a pre-requisite. Proof of high-quality research publications as a leading author, very good English in speech and writing, and proficiency in German is expected. Familiarity with data management as well as phylogenomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic approaches will be given preference.

The Leibniz Institute DSMZ (www.dsmz.de) is one of the largest bio-resource centers in the world. The institute is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for microbiological, chemical, and molecular work including an own next-generation sequencing, metabolomics, and bioinformatics core facility.The institute offers a lively and international working place with employees from more than 15 nations and forms together with its neighboring institutes and the Technical University of Braunschweig a strong center for basic and applied research. The medieval city center of Braunschweig as well as close proximity to the Harz National Park and to major German cities such as Berlin and Hamburgoffer a wide range of recreational and cultural activities. The institutes of the Leibniz Association strive to increase the proportion of female scientists. Disabled applicants with identical qualification will be preferentially selected. The DSMZ is an equal opportunity employer, supports balanced work-life career development, and holds the certificate of the audit berufundfamilie.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Michael Pester (michael.pestere-mail trennerdsmze-mail trennerde). Please send your complete application documents including a CV, motivation letter, copies of certificates, two references, and at least five publications in a single pdf file with application number 06/19 to bewerbung@dsmz.de.

The deadline for application is April 15th, 2019, or until the position is filled.