limited to 3 years
Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU
Reference code: TraDIS-Strep
The working group „Veterinary Infection Biology“is part of the Centre of Infection Medicine and integrated into the Institute of Microbiology and Epizootics, Department of Veterinary Medicine, at the Freie Universität Berlin, Düppel.
The offered Ph.D. position is part of the Petplan Charitable Trust-funded project „ Using population genetics and transposon directed insertion-site sequencing (TraDIS) to identify new virulence determinants in the pathogenesis of Streptococcus canis infections in dogs”. Streptococcus canis is an important opportunistic pathogen in dogs. Its incidence has increased dramatically in the last years, but knowledge about how it causes disease is still lacking. Using genome-based state-of-the-art techniques, such as Whole-genome Sequencing (WGS) and Transposon Directed Insertion-site Sequencing (TraDIS), the aim of this project is not only to determine the genomic inventory of the species S.canis, but also to identify genes that are important for colonization and disease manifestation in dogs. The successful candidate will be part of a larger research group, which is mainly focused on host-pathogen interactions of zoonotic streptococci.
Approbation in Veterinary Medicine, Diploma or M.Sc. in Life Science or related disciplines.
Experience in work with bacterial pathogens, e.g. streptococci; Experience in various microbiological techniques, such as cloning and targeted and non-targeted mutagenesis; Experience in whole-genome sequencing and bioinformatics; Excellent written and oral English; Ability to work in a team.
All application quoting the reference code should be addressed as an e-mail no later than November 9th, 2020 to Prof. Dr. Marcus Fulde: email@example.com or postal to
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Mikrobiologie und Tierseuchen
Herrn Prof. Dr. Marcus Fulde
Robert von Ostertag-Str. 7-13
Haus 35, 14163 Berlin (Düppel)
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