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Micro-Organism Biophysics group - 1 Postdoc position

A postdoc position is available in the Micro-Organism Biophysics group under the supervision of Dr Nelly HENRY at Laboratoire Jean Perrin (UMR 8237 CNRS-Sorbonne Université) in Paris, to developing new treatment for bacterial lung infections using inhalable light sources under the form of a luminescent nanoparticle aerosol expected to kill bacteria via the photodynamic effect, i.e. the excitation of bacterial endogenous photosensitisers such as porphyrins followed by the local production of reactive cytotoxic oxygen.

Detailed description of the project

PhD position available (2 years) - Topic: Photodynamic Inactivation of Biofilms

Applicants should be highly motivated individuals holding a Master degree in (Molecular) Biology, Microbiology, Biophysics or related disciplines with experience in microbial cell culture ideally of biofilms. The candidates should have the ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, and have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Applications should include (i) a letter of motivation including a summary of the applicant’s past research accomplishments (1 page) (ii) a CV and (iii) a list of publications and congress participations.

Contact and further information:

PD Dr. Kristjan Plaetzer, Laboratory of Photodynamic Inactivation of Microorganisms, Department of Biosciences, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria.


More info on the attached pdf file

Research position available, Department of Biology, University of Padova, Italy

1 year contract (extendable up to 2 years)
Starting date: April 1st 2020

Elegible candidates: experienced fellows with degree in biology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical technology or equivalent.

Research activities: biocompatibility of luminous aerosol on in vitro cellular models of increasing complexities

More info on the attached pdf file

Carry out your own PhD project! – in Experimental Biophysics / Biochemistry – supervised by Prof. Peter Hegemann

Closing Date: 30-04-20

Institution: Hector Fellow Academy

The Hector Fellow Academy offers you the opportunity to realize a self-developed research project under supervision Prof. Peter Hegemann. He is one of the Hector Fellows, a community of outstanding professors from different research institutions across Germany working in STEM-subjects, medicine, and psychology.

He is one of the founding fathers of optogenetics, which combines the methods of optics and genetics to create a form of non-invasive stimulation of neurons. His research with photoreceptors of algae has led to the discovery of light-sensitive ion compositions in cells. The protein involved (“channelrhodopsin-2”) enables a precise control of genetically modified cells through light pulses, which leads to a new possibility to treat neuronal illnesses.

Your profile
You are enthusiastic about developing and investigating an innovative research idea within the discipline of Prof. Hegemann? You have a master’s degree in a scientific or engineering subject with excellent grades? You stand out from your peers due to your strong commitment and independent work? You are team oriented and communicative? You are willing to change your place of residence to Berlin?

Our offer
Our PhD students are employed as full-time research assistants at the Humboldt University of Berlin for a period of three years. The salary is determined by the institute’s guidelines (according to the general pay scale of German universities approx. 47,000 EUR gross income per year). In addition, Hector Fellow PhD students receive grants for research expenses (15,000 EUR per year) and are given the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary expertise and relevant soft skills by participating in selected training activities.

Your application
Apply with your innovative, high-quality research idea via our Application Portal.
Current application period: January 15th ̶ March 31st, 2020

Further information regarding the application process and the Hector Fellow Academy is available on and this pdf file