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PhD student Biochemistry

We are currently seeking a motivated and talented PhD student to join our team at the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Bayreuth. Our research focuses on sensory photoreceptors which mediate crucial physiological and behavorial adaptations to incident light. Using an assortment of biochemical/biophysical techniques spanning molecular biology, protein biochemistry, spectroscopy, protein engineering, high-throughput screening and X-ray crystallography, we unravel the molecular bases and mechanisms for light reception by sensory photoreceptors. Building on these insights, we also engineer novel photoreceptors which serve as hitherto unavailable light-regulated actuators suitable for optogenetics, i.e. the manipulation of cellular events by light with supreme spatiotemporal control, minimal invasiveness and full reversibility. Please contact us or see our recent publications for more details, e.g.: Structure 2013 (Pubmed ID 23746806), PNAS 2014 (24889611), Photochem Photobiol Sci 2015 (25373866), Front Mol Biosci 2015 (26137467), Nat Communications 2015 (26648256).

The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Bayreuth provides top-notch instrumentation for biochemistry, protein crystallography, optical spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and flow cytometry. In addition to offering excellent training and research infrastructure, the institute and the university create a highly interdisciplinary and stimulating environment for biochemical projects. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the BayNAT graduate school (http://www.baynat.uni-bayreuth.de/en/phds/index.php) with an anticipated starting date of July 1st 2016 or later. The project is funded by a DFG research grant, and salary is according to the TV-L scale.

The ideal candidate holds an excellent M. Sc. or diploma degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry or a related discipline. Enthusiasm for experimental research, ability to work in a team and good English skills are expected. Training and prior research experience in one or several of the following subjects are of decisive advantage: molecular biology, protein biochemistry and crystallography, biomolecular spectroscopy and cell culture.

Applications from handicapped persons will be favored when all other qualifications are equal. The University of Bayreuth is an equal opportunity employer and we therefore especially encourage women to apply.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Applications should be sent as PDF to the below email address and should comprise CV, course transcripts and contact information for two referees willing to provide reference letters. A motivation letter explaining why you are interested in our research should be included as well.
Send application to
Prof. Dr. Andreas Möglich
University of Bayreuth
Department of Biochemistry, NW III
Universitätsstr. 30
95447 Bayreuth, Germany
email: andreas.moeglich@uni-bayreuth.de

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Bayern)
Working place
95447 Bayreuth
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry