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PhD position in population genomics of antibiotic resistance

The alarming spread of resistant bacteria is complicating even the most routine clinical interventions. Case in point are highly resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which cause almost untreatable respiratory and wound infections in the hospital, and play a driving role in cystic fibrosis. Our research program is aimed at investigating ways in which existing antibiotics can be intelligently used to prevent or at least slow down the evolution of resistance. The project will involve in vitro experimental evolution using Pseudomonas aeruginosa and subsequent phenotypic, genomic and functional-genetic analyses of resistant strains. The aim of this PhD project is to study the role of population-genetic/genomic processes in rapid evolution of resistance during combination therapy.

The project is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) within the Priority Program Rapid Evolution (SPP1819). The position is for three years and paid according to 65% TV-L13, with prolongation possible.

Requirements for the position: Master in biology, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry or related topic; excellent background in microbiology, evolution, genetics and statistics; knowledge of basic molecular techniques; experience with complex experimental designs; high motivation; a collaborative spirit; fluency in English.

The University of Kiel strives to increase the proportion of women in research and education. It therefore encourages qualified women to apply. Women will be preferred in cases of comparable qualifications. It also explicitly welcomes applications from people with a migratory background. The University further makes an effort to employ disabled people and will prefer such candidates in case of equal qualification.

Please send applications with CV, one-page statement of research interests, and two references, as a pdf-file by email to Please refrain from submitting photos. For further details and questions, you are welcome to contact me at

Spontaneous application

If you are generally interested in a Bachelor, Master, PhD, or postdoc project, or a student helper job, then please send an email to Hinrich Schulenburg (), Katja Dierking (), or Gunther Jansen ().

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