PhD student position Biology / Biochemistry

The University Duisburg-Essen (Campus Essen), Faculty of Chemistry, Biofilm Centre department of Aquatic Microbiology, offers a position as

PhD student position (f/m)
(salary equivalent to TV-L 13)

Your tasks:
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are among the most important classes of contaminants in the environment. They especially accumulate in anoxic sediments and are persistent in groundwater. We now want to elucidate specific enzyme reactions in the anaerobic degradation pathway of naphthalene by sulfate-reducing bacteria. Your task will include the cloning, heterologous expression and characterization of novel enzymes. The project goal is to close knowledge gaps in the degradation pathway starting from the anaerobic carboxylation of naphthalene to the central metabolism.
Your profile:
We expect a master degree in biology/biochemistry, water science or related disciplines. Experience with protein biochemistry, molecular biology and protein purification is expected. Of special advantage would be experience in anaerobic microbiology and analytics.

Start of position:           as soon as possible
Contract period:            36 months
Working time:                65 %
Application deadline:   20.06.2016

The University Duisburg-Essen aims at promoting the diversity of its members
The University Duisburg-Essen has been awarded for its effort to promote gender equality with the "Total-E-Quality-Award". It aims at increasing the share of women in the scientific personnel and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Women will be preferentially considered when equally qualified according to the state equality law.
Applications from disabled or equivalents according to § 2 (3) SGB IX are encouraged.
Applications and inquiries with reference code 263-16 should be addressed to:
Prof. Dr. Meckenstock
University Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Chemistry
45117 Essen
Telefon +49 (0) 201/183 -6602 / E-mail:

You'lI find information about the Faculty and the contracting authority under: aquatische-mikrobiologie.shtml

How to apply:
per Mail unter Angabe der Referenznummer

Contact detail

How to apply:
Send application to

Prof. Dr. Meckenstock
University Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Chemistry
45117 Essen

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
jobexperience is required
Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Working place
45141 Essen
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry, Geo Sciences

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