Microbiologist (Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology) (m/f/d)

Research Center Borstel - Leibniz Lung Center (FZB), Borstel

We are announcing a full-time

Microbiologist (Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology) (m/f/d)

The position is offered for 3 years.

The Research Center Borstel (RCB) is an internationally operating Lung Center within the Leibniz Association, financed by the Federal Government and the State of Schleswig-Holstein. Our central task is basic and translational research in the field of respiratory diseases. We operate extensive laboratory and research infrastructures. Academically, we are closely linked with neighboring universities (Lübeck, Kiel) and clinically with the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein. Our goal is to improve existing methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of lung diseases and to develop new, innovative therapeutic approaches.


We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled Microbiologist with experience in in vitro culture of Mycobacteria or comparable bacterial pathogens, which belong to biological safety levels 2 and/or 3. The successful candidate should be familiar with working in high safety standards and well-versed in safety protocols. You will be part of the multi-disciplinary international network, ERA4TB, which is dedicated to accelerating the development of new treatment regimens for tuberculosis. Your task will be to design and conduct the exploration of new drug candidates concerning the evolution of drug resistance in Mycobacteria in vitro.

The research group at RCB has exceptional expertise in the application of modern sequencing technologies for the detection of resistance mutations and surveillance analyses of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex strains. Furthermore, our research group works closely with the National Reference Center for Mycobacteria, which is also located at the RCB and has extensive knowledge in in vitro culture of mycobacteria, phenotypic drug testing, and infection models.


  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g., Microbiology, Bacteriology, Molecular Biology)
  • Experience in in vitro culture of pathogens (preferably bacteria) of safety level 2 and/or 3
  • Experience in molecular biology (NGS, transcriptome analysis)
  • Knowledge of NGS data analysis
  • Excellent communication skills (English)
  • Experience in writing publications in international journals
  • Experience working in a cross-functional and multi-cultural team environment
  • Self-initiative based on high self-motivation


  • Your new workplace is located in a top class research center close to Hamburg
  • Participation in a productive and active team
  • Personal atmosphere and support
  • Payment according to TVöD-VKA incl. all benefits usually offered in the public sector
  • Family-friendly working conditions and flexible working hours
  • Childcare centre and workplace health promotion


The FZB is certified for the "berufundfamilie" audit and specifically promotes the compatibility of career and family. The under-represented gender is given special consideration while maintaining the same professional and personal aptitude. Severely handicapped persons with otherwise equal aptitude are also given preferential consideration.

For more information about our certifications, please visit our homepage.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Stefan Niemann on Tel. +49 4537 188 7620. Please send your application with the usual documents (without photo) up to 31.03.2023 to our website www.fz-borstel.de.