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PhD student biochemistry/molecular biology

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The Universität Regensburg with its over 21,000 students is an innovative and interdisciplinary university which provides a broad variety of research projects and disciplines for German and foreign students. The Institute of Biochemistry, Genetics, and Microbiology, Chair of Biochemistry, Professor Meister is offering positions as

PhD students with a strong background in biochemistry/molecular biology.

The half time positions (20,05 hours per week) presumably beginning in September 2016 are initially limited to 3 years (with possible extension) and integrated into a grant funded by the ERC. The positions are paid according to the German pay scale E 13 TV-L.

Job specification:
Our research focuses on the various functions of human non-coding RNAs in gene regulation. We use biochemical and molecular biological approaches to dissect c. In particular, we characterize regulatory processes guided by microRNAs or lncRNAs and in addition we analyze protein components of these pathways. Furthermore, we study RNA base modifications (e.g. m6A) and their roles in gene expression. We perform deep sequencing studies to identify such modifications under different conditions as well as structure-function experiments to characterize writer, reader and eraser enzymes. We routinely characterize RNA-protein interactions using various experimental approaches including X-ray crystallography and molecular biological or biophysical strategies.

Candidates should hold a Master/Diplom or equivalent in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology.
We expect good communication skills, high motivation and dedication to molecular life sciences.

General framework:
We offer a state-of-the-art biochemistry lab in an international environment with a long-standing experience in non-coding RNA biology. Well-equipped mass spectrometry, protein purification and crystallization as well as deep sequencing platforms are available. The successful candidate will be embedded into the international graduate school RIGeL.

The Universität Regensburg is committed to the compatibility of family and career (for more information, please visit http://www.uni-regensburg.de/equal-opportunities). Severely disabled applicants are given preference in instances where applicants demonstrate an equal level of qualification. Please mention any severe disabilities, if applicable, in the application. Unfortunately, we do not provide reimbursement for expenses associated with interviewing.

For further enquiries please contact Professor Gunter Meister (phone: +49 941 943-2847, e-mail: gunter.meister@ur.de). Please send your application no later than 15.07.2016 to gunter.meister@ur.de

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Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Bayern)
Working place
93053 Regensburg
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry