Our research is focused on recalcitrant ESKAPE (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species) pathogens; especially hard-to-treat clinical isolates involved in multidrug resistance, biofilm infections and persistence. We are especially interested in bacteria that have been categorized as "critical" priority pathogens by the World Health Organization. This includes multidrug resistant organisms that cause severe and often deadly infections and therefore pose an enormous threat in hospitals. To address this issue, our research focuses on fighting infectious diseases and tackling antimicrobial resistance using innovative and interdisciplinary approaches. Overall, our lab seeks to 1) understand how microbes cause disease, 2) fight antimicrobial resistance with novel nanomedicines, and 3) develop new antimicrobial strategies. Please find out more here: www.pletzerlab.com.
Please indicate in your cover letter what topic you are interested the most and briefly explain why.
Only self-funded applicants will only be considered.
An exception are German-based students who are eligible to apply for a Postdoc scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. Please get in touch if you are interested to apply for a scholarship to travel and work in New Zealand.