Call for applications

1 Postdoc and 7 PhD positions
on hostmicrobiota interactions in Kiel

The ultimate goal of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1182 “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms” ( at Kiel University is to understand why and how microbial communities form long-term associations with hosts from diverse taxonomic groups. We are particularly interested in the specific functional consequences of the interactions, the underlying regulatory principles, and the resulting impact on host life history and evolutionary fitness in selected host systems.

We are seeking outstanding candidates at the next possible time

1 Postdoc position
Salary will be commensurate at level TV-L 13 of the federal wage agreement scheme (Tarifvertrag der Länder). They are fulltime-positions (currently 38.7 h/week). Part-time employment is basically possible.

5 PhD positions
Salary will be commensurate at level TV-L 13 of the federal wage agreement scheme (Tarifvertrag der Länder). The working time is 65 % of a fulltime-position (currently 25.155 h/week).

2 PhD positions (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel)
Salary will be commensurate at level TVöD 13 of the federal wage agreement scheme (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst). The working time is 65 % of a fulltime-position (currently 25.35 h/week).

The position is limited until 31.12.2023.

Project A3 “Colonization dynamics and resilience to fungi in the wheat microbiota”
PIs: Eva Stukenbrock, Tal Dagan
• A3.1 (Stukenbrock): PhD position
• A3.2 (Dagan): PhD position

Project B2 “Microbiota-host interactions at the base of the metazoan tree”
PIs: Ruth Schmitz-Streit, Thorsten Reusch
• B2.1 (Schmitz-Streit): PhD position 1
• B2.1 (Schmitz-Streit/Reusch): PhD position 2
• B2.2 (Reusch): PhD position

Project C2 “Memory mechanisms of nutritional stress in the gut ecosystem”
PIs: Thomas Roeder, Philip Rosenstiel
• C2.2 (Rosenstiel): Postdoc position

Project C4 “New approaches to understanding eco-evolutionary dynamics in metaorganisms”
PIs: Paul Rainey, Tim Lachnit, Ute Hentschel Humeida
• C4.2 (Lachnit): PhD position
• C4.3 (Hentschel Humeida): PhD position

Requirement for employment is a university degree (Master or equivalent) in biology or in a related subject of the CRC 1182. Application for Postdoc position requires a PhD. Subjectspecific
qualifications depend on the specific project (see description of doctoral and postdoctoral projects, page 10 – 13).

The employment will be at Kiel University unless in the description of doctoral and postdoctoral projects is located another place of employment.

Kiel University aims at a higher proportion of women in research and education, and, therefore, specifically encourages qualified female scientists to apply. Female scientists will be preferentially
considered in case of equivalent qualification, competence and achievements. Kiel University specifically supports employment of severely handicapped people. Therefore, severely handicapped applicants will be preferentially considered in case of suitable qualification. Kiel University specifically welcomes application from people with migration background.

Applicants should send their application as a single pdf-document to the office of the CRC 1182 ( The application should include (i) a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, (ii) Master or doctoral certificate or proof of records (iii) a motivation statement (max. 2 pages), (iv) a list of maximal 3 preferred positions (from among the offered projects) plus a short explanation of the preferences (max. 1 page), and (v) contact addresses of two possible referees.

Please abstain from sending application portraits.

Deadline for applications is 22nd December 2019.

If you have any questions on the CRC 1182 program or individual projects, please contact Dr. Cleo Pietschke (