Postdoctoral Researcher in Functional Microbiome, Aachen, Germany.

Postdoc in Germany

Postdoctoral Researcher in Functional Microbiome: The Functional Microbiome Research Group at the Institute of Medical Microbiology is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to join our team. This full-time position (38.5 hours/week) will commence on September 1, 2024, and is funded until December 31, 2026, with a possibility of extension for another two years.

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

Research Area:
Functional study of personalized collections of human gut bacteria in gnotobiotic mice, focusing on colonization status and effects on the host, including metabolic and immune responses, drug metabolism, and behavior.

Institute of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany.


  • PhD degree in Science.
  • Experience working with mice, including a FELASA certificate or equivalent; experience with gnotobiotic mice is preferred.
  • Strong interest in microbiology, particularly gut microbiomes.
  • Excellent organizational skills and decision-making abilities.
  • Good communication skills and a team-oriented mindset.
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written) is mandatory; knowledge of German (oral) is advantageous.

Job Description:

  • Conduct functional studies using personalized collections of human gut bacteria in gnotobiotic experiments to assess effects on the host.
  • Collaborate with the Functional Microbiome Research Group utilizing a unique anaerobic cultivation platform.
  • Participate in and share responsibilities for the Gnotobiotic Unit alongside a full-time technician and animal caretakers.
  • Act as a key member at the interface between the Functional Microbiome Research Group and the Institute of Laboratory Animal Sciences.

Why Join Us?

  • Competitive salary in accordance with TV-L (EG 13).
  • 30 days of vacation per year for full-time employees.
  • Employee recruitment bonus of 3,000 euros for nursing care.
  • Attractive VBL company pension scheme.
  • Opportunities for further education and training.
  • Flexible working hours with electronic time recording.
  • Attractive public transport conditions.
  • Access to a company kindergarten and staff residence (subject to availability and arrangement).
  • Onboarding app for new employees.
  • Extended opening hours for the staff restaurant.

Equal Opportunity Statement:
The RWTH Aachen University Hospital promotes equal opportunities and diversity. Applications from women and individuals with disabilities are encouraged. If suitably qualified, these candidates will be given priority according to the LGG.

How to Apply:
Please apply via our digital application portal at You can also send applications via email to:, but note that these will be transferred to the portal, and original documents will be disposed of per data protection regulations. If you do not agree to this transfer, your application cannot be considered.

Submit a single PDF file (labelled YOUR-NAME_MiGnoto_AC) including:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of academic degrees
  • FELASA certificate (or equivalent)
  • Transcripts of marks
  • Contact information of at least two referees
  • List of publications with electronic links (do not include publications in the PDF file).

For more information, please contact Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Clavel at or visit our institute website at

Last Date to Apply:
August 15, 2024

Contact Address:
Uniklinik RWTH Aachen
Institute of Medical Microbiology
Functional Microbiome Research Group
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Clavel
Pauwelsstr. 30
52074 Aachen



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