PhD position -Sensory distinction of structurally similar aromatic compounds - (65% E13 TVL) - Research Training Group CvO University Oldenburg

Excellent qualification in the framework of research topics in molecular biosensing at the University of Oldenburg

The Carl von Ossietzky University is a dynamic, continuously growing university with various research projects of international impact and thus provides a large range of opportunities for curiosity and creativity. The university aims at playing an active role in innovative exchange with industry, organizations and public institutions and supports the founding of research related start-up enterprises.

The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at the Carl von Ossietzky University invites applications for
a PhD student (m/f/d)
(salary scale E 13 TV-L, at 65%, for the period of three years starting at 01. October 2019).

The position will be based at the working group General and Molecular Microbiology (head: Prof. Dr. Ralf Rabus), within the framework of the  DFG-funded research training group RTG 1885 "Molecular basis of sensory biology" and attend to the project "Sensory distinction of structurally similar aromatic compounds".

Activities and responsibilities

Sensory distinction of chemical compounds is an important capacity of bacteria to efficiently adapt to changing nutritional conditions. The project is concerned with aromatic compounds (alkylbenzenes, phenols, and phenylpropanoids) and explores how these structurally similar monoaromatic compounds are discriminated on a sensory level by the denitrifying betaproteobacterium Aromatoleum aromaticum EbN1. A. aromaticum EbN1 represents the proteogenomically best studied anaerobic degradation specialist, possessing a catabolic network regulated with high specificity. Specific aims of the project are to study the predicted sensors/regulators of aromatic compounds on the molecular-genetic and biochemical level and to quantitatively determine the in vivo response thresholds for these compounds.

Qualification profile

Completed scientific university education (diploma/master or comparable) in microbiology or related subjects is required. Experiences in molecular-genetic and biochemical methods, and/or the (anaerobic) cultivation of microorganisms are desirable.


You will become part of a large diverse team, get the opportunity to make major new discoveries (see our publication record; and you will have access to a very wide range of superb modern equipment, techniques and expertise. In addition, you will join our graduate school offering soft skill and scientific skill courses and lectures as well a mentoring programme and support with career development. We actively support parents who pursue a scientific/academic career.

Further information on the working environment and the working group General and Molecular Microbiology is available at

The Carl von Ossietzky University is committed to increase the proportion of women in research. We therefore assertively invite women to apply. According to § 21 Abs. 3 NHG, women will be given preference if equally qualified.
Equally qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Send application to

Written applications are asked to be sent until 31. July 2019 preferentially per Mail as a single PDF file to Prof. Dr. Ralf Rabus (rabus[at], Carl von Ossietzky University, Fakulty V, ICBM, 26111 Oldenburg.

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About Universität Oldenburg: DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1885 Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology

The DFG-funded Research Training Group Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology at the University of Oldenburg aims at investigating how environmental stimuli are sensed and processed by different organisms. Animals have developed a complex variety of sensory receptor cells for physical and chemical stimuli in response to millions of years of evolutionary pressures. Sensory receptor cells process...
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