Professorships (W2) in Synthetic Microbiology : Marburg, Germany

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Professorships (W2) in Synthetic Microbiology : Marburg, Germany

The Philipps-Universität Marburg and the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology have recently established a center for Synthetic Microbiology, SYNMIKRO. Supported by the state of Hessen within its excellence program LOEWE, SYNMIKRO focuses on basic research in synthetic biology on all levels of microbial function, ranging from the development of regulatory circuits, genetic codes and metabolic pathways to the synthesis of new minimal cells and microbial communities.
In its next phase of expansion, SYNMIKRO invites applications for up to five
Professorships (W2) in Synthetic Microbiology

at the Philipps-Universität Marburg. We seek individuals with an outstanding track record in synthetic microbiology and with innovative research projects. We provide attractive start-up packages and research funding, and offer teaching associations within the faculties of biology, chemistry, or mathematics and computer science, depending on the successful candidate’s background. Preferred research areas include, but are not limited to,
(1) Development of synthetic circuits
(2) Reprogramming of the genetic code
(3) Molecular evolution, metagenomics and prokaryotic biodiversity
(4) Quantitative analysis of metabolic networks
(5) Mathematical modelling of microbial systems
All appointments are for a period of 4 years, with a 1-year extension after a positive evaluation in the third year. Tenure track is in principle possible in all faculties according to the conditions described in § 61 (6) of the Hessen State Law on Higher Education (HHG) and is intended in the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.
The conditions of employment are set down in §§ 61, 62 HHG. Philipps-Universität is an equal opportunity employer, and applications from women are encouraged. Applications from candidates with children are welcome – the Philipps-Universität is dedicated to being a family-friendly university. Qualified disabled people are also encouraged to apply.
Applications should be submitted by, March 18, 2011 to The application should contain the following information in a single pdf document: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, (3) summary of research achievements, (4) research plan, (5) statement of teaching interests and experience and (6) previous and current funding.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Prof. Dr. Bruno Eckhardt, Director SYNMIKRO, Philipps-Universität Marburg,