Postdoc Position on Antibiotic Resistance Evolution

Deadline for applications: June 16, 2021


The position will be based in the Schulenburg group, located at Kiel University. The position is available from 1. August 2021 (or soon afterwards) onwards, initially for 18 months with the possibility of an extension for another 3 years.


Area of work:

Analysis of antibiotic resistance evolution using experimental evolution, genome analysis, and/or functional genetics of the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The postdoc project focuses on an assessment of negative hysteresis and/or evolved collateral sensitivity to minimize resistance evolution. The project links basic research to clinical application and involves collaborations with clinicians from several clinics in Northern Germany. For further information, see our publications by Roemhild et al. 2018 PNAS, Barbosa et al. 2017 Mol Biol Evol, or Barbosa et al. 2019 eLife (see also: The postdoc project is part of the Excellence Cluster “Precision Medicine in chronic Inflammation” (PMI) and thus provides many opportunities for interactions with scientists working on related topics.



Expectations and Requirements:

A PhD with a focus on evolutionary biology and/or microbiology, ideally already on the analysis of antibiotic resistance evolution. Competences and experience in microbiological techniques and statistical data analysis. Ideally competences and experiences in the performance of evolution experiments, and/or bacterial genome sequence analysis, and/or bacterial functional genetic analysis. High competence in English and writing of manuscripts. We are looking for someone with creative ideas, enthusiasm for research, and the ability of performing large-scale experiments.


Kiel University:

Kiel University considers itself to be a modern and cosmopolitan employer. We welcome your application regardless of age, gender, cultural and social background, religion, ideology, disability or sexual identity. We promote equality of the sexes. Women are given priority in case of equal qualifications and professional performance. Kiel University is committed to the employment of people with disabilities: Applications from severely disabled persons and persons of equal status will be given preferential consideration in case of suitable qualification. We expressly welcome applications from people with a migration background.



Deadline for applications is June 16, 2021. Applications should include a motivation letter (max. 2 pages long), CV, publication list, names and contact details of two referees (who are familiar with the applicant’s work), and copies of certificates (MSc, PhD). Applications should be sent as a single pdf-document by email to: Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg (