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Postdoc Position in Molecular Microbiology

Postdoc Position in Molecular Microbiology
Employer: Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knoell Institute
Location: Beutenbergstrasse 11a, 07745 Jena, Germany
Deadline: February 09, 2011

Job description:
The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. We invite applications for a
Postdoc position for three years initially.
Successful candidates will investigate the pathobiology and immune biology of Aspergillus fumigatus within the framework of the international ERA-NET PathoGenoMics-project “AspBIOmics – Biomarkers for prevention, diagnosis and response to therapy of invasive aspergillosis” starting in March 2011.
Main topics of the project are:

  • Generation of camelid antibodies against A. fumigatus epitopes;
  • Screening for A. fumigatus antigens by immunoproteomics methods;
  • Generation of A. fumigatus knock-out mutants.

Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in biology, chemistry or life sciences;
  • An excellent background in standard techniques of molecular biology, microbiology as well as biochemistry is expected;
  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience in phage display, recombinant protein expression, immunoproteomics and infection biology are advantageous;
  • Excellent communication, management and teamwork skills are required.

Salary is paid according to German TV-L depending on the applicants qualification. The HKI is an equal opportunity employer.
Further information:

Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage • +49 (0)3641 532 1001 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +49 (0)3641 532 1001      end_of_the_skype_highlighting • axel.brakhage@hki-jena.de
Dr. Olaf Kniemeyer • +49 (0)3641 532 1071 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +49 (0)3641 532 1071      end_of_the_skype_highlighting • olaf.kniemeyer@hki-jena.de
Complete applications in German or English should include a CV, list of publications, brief statement of research experiences, a list of three potential references, and should be submitted until 09.02.2011 to:
 
jobs@hki-jena.de
Mail address:

Leibniz-Institut für Naturstoff-Forschung und Infektionsbiologie
Hans-Knöll-Institut
Personnel office
Beutenbergstrasse 11a
07745 Jena
Germany
 

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Letter of Inquiry

Letter of Inquiry
Dr (Mrs) Priya Batra Ph.D from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
Assistant Professor (BioTechnology) Maharishi Markandeshwar University Mullana, Ambala Haryana,India
Dear Madam/Sir
I have been informed by job search that a post doc position is available in your laboratory. I am very much interested in such an opportunity because i have done work on amylolytic yeasts during my post graduation and have used varies morphological and biochemical assays for identifying and classifying various yeast isolates. But did not get an opportunity to use various biotechnological tools due to limited resource availability. Even during my doctorate research, i worked on edible fungi and its pests and pathogens. I have used HPLC for determining the residual insecticides in the fruit bodies of Agaricus bisporus grown under controlled conditions. This available post doc position in Bioproducts against Aspergillus is very much interesting and is the need of hour due to its biomedical aspects. I am currently employed at MMU, Mullana. I look forward to discussing this job opportunity further.
Yours Sincerely
Dr Priya Batra Asst Prof (Biotech)
Statement of Research Interests
Dr (Mrs) Priya Batra Assistant Professor (BioTechnology) Maharishi Markandeshwar University Mullana, Ambala Haryana, India
Dear Madam/Sir
I am interested, generally, in microbial diversity. In post graduation my research work focused on amylolytic yeast, with an interest in learning that how we can use these yeasts for simultaneous saccharification and fermentation. During this i have isolated four different amylolytic yeasts from fermented products and carried out the morphological and biochemical characterization of highest amylase producing strain that was further identified and accessioned as Schwanniomyces occidentalis. I have also done the purification and characterization of the crude enzyme. My doctorate work was on fungal enzymology and i worked on edible fungi (Agaricus bisporus). I have done the sensitivity testing of edible and its pathogenic fungi against eight different fungicides and four insecticides. I am also interested in studying the cellulolytic and amylolytic potential of the different edible fungi. After completion of my doctorate in microbiology i have done two research projects sponsored by UGC and ICAR, respectively. Finally after dealing with wide varieties of microbes varying from yeasts to pests and pathogens of edible fungi i have a keen interest in dealing with fascinating fungi like Aspergillus that are having diverse biomedical implications. I will look forward to get this excellent opportunity.
Regards
Priya Batra
For full reference CV is attached herewith
Letter of Motivation
Dr (Mrs) Priya Batra
Assistant Professor (BioTechnology) Maharishi Markandeshwar University Mullana, Ambala Haryana, India
Dear Madam/Sir
I am now working as Assistant Professor in MMEC, India, but want to fill my gaps in the field of molecular microbiology. I always want to remain in continuous stage of learning. I have heard about the sophisticated lab facilities available abroad and want to supplement my theoretical knowledge with the practical research work. After completion of Ph.D in 2005, from PAU, Ludhiana, i worked as Senior Research fellow for 3 yrs and then got married in Haryana, thereafter for nearly two years i was completely involved in managing the responsibilities of married women. But when everything was settled and going on smoothly, i joined MMU in 2010 as AP. You can very well imagine that after this gap in my carrier, i find myself left behind and want to expand my research potential. For this reason i want to pursue post doc from such a prestigious university like Binghamton. I hope that my past experience in morphological and biochemical characterization and sensitivity testing of fungi will be helpful for me and i have done courses in protein biochemistry and a preliminary work on utilization of neem based formulations to control the nematodes of Agaricus bisporus. I hope to learn the specialized function and regulation of bioproducts in controlling Aspergillosis. I will be privileged to have this opportunity to work with you on such an emerging aspect.
Yours faithfully
Priya
Resume
Personal Details Name : Dr. Priya Batra DOB : October 12, 1978 Address : H : No 816/11,Sharda Nagar Manav Chowk, Ambala City Ph. 0171-2531200, 9991117787 E-mail : eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%64%72%70%6b%61%74%79%61%6c%32%30%30%34%40%79%61%68%6f%6f%2e%63%6f%2e%69%6e%22%3e%64%72%70%6b%61%74%79%61%6c%32%30%30%34%40%79%61%68%6f%6f%2e%63%6f%2e%69%6e%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%64%72%70%6b%61%74%79%61%6c%32%30%30%34%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%64%72%70%6b%61%74%79%61%6c%32%30%30%34%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) Marital status : Female (Married) Academic Records Degree Year of Passing Divison University % / OCPA Ph.D 2005 Ist P.A.U, Ldh. 8.3 Major : Microbiology Minor : Biochemistry Supporting : Biotech M.Sc 2002 Ist P.A.U, Ldh. 8.2 Major : Microbiology Minor : Biochemistry Supporting : Food Technol B.Sc (Med) 1999 Ist P.U, Chd. 75.3 Higher Secondary (Med) 1995 Ist P.S.E.B 65.8 Matriculation 1993 Ist P.S.E.B 78.9 Scholarship holder from matric onwards Research Areas Title of Master’s Thesis : Extracellular amylase production by yeast and saccharification of potato starch. Title of Ph.D dissertation : Interaction studies of pesticides with Agaricus bisporus strains in control of its pests and pathogens. Seminars Delivered: ? Hepatitis C : The current concern ? Gene recruitment for bioremediation ? Bioluminescence ? Physiology of Halophiles ? Plant tissue culture ? Animal tissue culture ? Prions Lectures delivered: ? Basic design of fermentors ? Recovery and purification of fermentation products ? Typical media and medium formulations for industrial fermentations ? Microbial growth kinetics ? Isolation and preservation of industrially important mo’s ? Medium and air sterilization ? Recovery and purification of fermentation products ? Effluent treatments Achievements ? ARS-NET Qualified ? State Merit fellowship holder in M.Sc Ist year ? P.A.U Fellowship holder in M.Sc IInd year ? Merit certificate holder from P.A.U in M.Sc. ? University fellowship holder in Ph.D ? Award of honour from SAASCA, P.A.U, for highest OCPA in Ph.D ? Best Poster Presentation Award at Thapar University, Patiala. Conferences / Symposia Attended • 4th Punjab Science Congress, P.A.U, Ludh, 2001 • 43rd Annual Conference of AMI, Hisar, 2002 • CME, Golden Jubilee Celebrations, CMC, Ludhiana, 2003 • 45th Annual Conference of AMI, NDRI, Karnal, 2004 • 7th Punjab Science Congress, GNDU, Amritsar, 2004 • INSOPP & Centenary Symp on Plant Pathol, CPRI, Shimla, 2005 • 47th Annual Conference of AMI, B.U., Bhopal, 2006 • Natl Symp on “Role of disease free seed in sustainable Agr” P.A.U, Ldh, 2007 • Natl Conf on “Fungal Diversity-Impact & Exploitation”Thapar University, Patiala, 2007 • 2nd Asian Cong on Mycol and Pl Pathol, Osmania Univ., Hyderabad, 2007 • 11th Punjab Science Punjab Science Congress, Thapar University, Patiala, 2008 Job Profile Working as Lecturer (Biotechnology) in the Deptt of Biotechnology, MMEC, MMU, Mullana, Ambala. Worked as Assistant Professor (Adhoc) Microbiology, Deptt of Microbiology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. Worked as Senior Research Fellow in P.A.U, Department of Microbiology under the scheme “Utilization of Paddy straw for Mushroom Production” ICAR-79G Worked as S.R.F in the scheme “Isolation of high yielding Pleurotus florida heterokaryons” Worked as Guest lecturer in S.D Government College for Boys, College Road, Ludhiana. Given invited lectures in Sushruta Institute of Para-Medical Sciences (Affiliated to PTU, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana. Research papers published or accepted for publications G.S. Kocher and P. Katyal (2004) Use of Potato starch for extracellular amylase production by yeast and sachharification of potato starch. Asian J Microbiol Biotechnol Env Sci. 6 (1) : 119-21. P. Katyal, P.K. Khanna, G. Kaur, B. Singh and S. Kapoor (2006) Effect of some insecticides on growth and yield of Agaricus bisporus) and their persistence in fruiting bodies. Mush. Res. 15 (1) : 49-53. P. Katyal, P.K. Khanna and S. Kapoor (2006) Toxicity of fungicides against Agaricus bisporus and its mycopathogens. J Mycol Pl Pathol 36 (2) : 296-98. P. Katyal, P.K. Khanna, S. Kapoor and V.K. Kaul (2007) Evaluation of azadirachtin formulations for the management of nematode Aphelenchoides composticola infesting white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus). Pestology 31 (8) : 31-35. S. Kapoor, P.K. Khanna and P. Katyal (2007) Evaluation of Chinese mushroom (Volvariella sp.) for their cellulases in relation to yield potential. Journal of Res. (PAU) 44 (4) : 320-25 . P Katyal, P.K Khanna and S. kapoor (2008) Efficacy of carbendazim in controlling competitor and parasitic moulds of white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus). J Mycol Pl Pathol 38 (2) : 282-86. Popular Articles Published P. K. Khanna, P. Katyal and S. Dhanda (2007) Beware of mushroom poisoning. Progressive Farming (Aug), pp 23-24. P. K. Khanna, P. Katyal and S. Dhanda (2007) Jahrilian Khumban. Jagvani dated 23 Oct. P. K. Khanna, P. Katyal and S. Dhanda (2007) Savdhan sarian khumban khan yog nahi hundiyan. Changi Kheti (Nov.), p 30. Paper Presentations G.S. Kocher and P. Katyal (2001) Characterization of an amylolytic yeast for amylase production. 4th Punjab Science Congress, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. p 24 (Abstr). G.S. Kocher and P. Katyal (2002) Amylase production and saccharification of potato starch by crude amylase of Schwanniomyces occidentalis. Presented at 43rd Annual Conference of AMI, Hisar, India. p.115 (Abstr). P. Katyal and G.S. Kocher (2004) Saccharification of potato starch by crude amylase of S. occidentalis. 7th Punjab Science Congress, GNDU, Amritsar, India. p A1-3 (Abstr). P. Katyal and P.K. Khanna (2004) Evaluation of in vitro toxicity of fungicides against mycelial growth of Agaricus bisporus and its mycopathogens. 45th Annual Conference of AMI, NDRI, Karnal. p 43 (Abstr). P. Katyal, P.K. Khanna, S. Kapoor and Balwinder Singh (2004) Persistence studies of insecticides in fruiting bodies of A. bisporus (Lange) Sing. 45th Annual Conference of AMI, NDRI, Karnal. p 43 (Abstr). P. Katyal and P.K. Khanna (2005) Efficacy of Bavistin for controlling competitor/ parasitic moulds of Agaricus bisporus. Annual meeting of INSOPP & Centanary Symposium on Plant Pathology, CPRI, Shimla. p. 107 (Abstr). Khanna P K , Kapoor S and Katyal P. Development of microbial consortia for the solid state fermentation of paddy straw compost. Presented at 47th Annual Conference of Association of Microbiology of India held at Deptt of Biotechnology and bioinformatics center. Barkatullah University, Bhopal held on Dec. 6-8, 2006. p.255 Kapoor S, Khanna P K and Katyal P. Strainal evaluation of Volvariella spp. for cellulases and yield potential. Presented at 47th Annual Conference of Association of Microbiology of India held at Deptt of Biotechnology and bioinformatics center. Barkatullah University, Bhopal held on Dec. 6-8, 2006. p.194. P. Katyal, P.K. Khanna and S. Kapoor (2007) Control of common pests and pathogens during seasonal cultivation of Agaricus bisporus. Natl Symposium on Role of disease free seed in sustainable agriculture held at PAU, Ludhiana on July 13th, 2007. Khanna P K, Kapoor S and Katyal P (2007) Bioprospecting basidiomycetous fungi for food, feed and bioactive molecules. Natl Conf on “ Fungal Diversity- Impact and Exploitation” held at Thapar University, Patiala on OCT 5-6th 2007. p 59. Katyal P, Khanna P K and Kapoor S (2007) Cellulolytic enzyme profile during growth and morphogenesis of Agaricus bisporus (white button mushroom). Presented at 2nd Asian Congress of Mycology and Plant Pathology held at Dept of Botany, Osmania University, Hyderabad held on Dec 19-22, 2007. p. 249. Kapoor S, Khanna P K and Katyal P (2008) Effect of supplementations on growth and lignolytic potential of Lentinus edodes. 11th Punjab Science Congress held on Feb 7-9th Feb, 2008 held at Thapar University, Patiala. Responsibilities undertaken : ? Life member of AMI ? Member of NEMC ? Member of Mushroom Society of India ? Member of Society of mycology and plant pathology Hobbies : Reading, painting, listening to music Strengths : Determination, positive attitude towards work, optimism, ability to lead, dedication to work, immediate decisions, achievement oriented, complete involvement in work at hand. Computer Skills MS Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, Internet explorer, MS Dos Reference Dr. P.K. Khanna Sr. Mycologist-cum-co-ordinator of research Department of Microbiology Punjab Agricultural University Dr. S. Kapoor Mycologist Department of Microbiology Punjab Agricultural University Dr. G.S. Kocher Asst. Microbiologist Department of Microbiology Punjab Agricultural University