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Early Stage Researchers (PhD Candidates) on Biocatalytic Cascade Reactions

The BIOCASCADES Marie Curie Innovative Training Network for European Industrial Doctorates (ITN-EID) is an interdisciplinary research training network of 7 universities and 5 industrial enterprises from 5 European countries.  It is funded under the “Excellent Science” cluster of the EU’s Horizon 2020 program.  BIOCASCADES aims to develop the ESRs’ scientific expertise to produce excellent research, interdisciplinary collaboration with scientists from different fields (biology, chemistry and engineering) and entrepreneurship. 
Applications are invited for eleven (11) Early Stage Researchers (PhD candidates), who have the acumen, enthusiasm and motivation to make a significant contribution to a challenging research in the development of sustainable (chemo) enzymatic cascade reactions. 

Research Topics
  • ESR1: Synthesis of enantiopure 1,2-aminoalcohols from ketones
  • ESR2: Synthesis of enantiopure 1,2-aminoalcohols from α-haloketones
  • ESR3: Synthesis of enantiopure 1,2-aminoalcohols from alkenes
  • ESR4: Flow chemistry for synthesis of enantiopure 1,3/1,4-hydroxyaminoacids from prochiral ketoacids
  • ESR5: Synthesis of enantiopure 1,3/1,4- aminoalcohols from prochiral ketoacids
  • ESR6: Novel amino donors for efficient equilibrium shift in transaminations
  • ESR7: Combining amine transaminase and ketoreductase for 1-amino-cyclohexane-4-ol synthesis
  • ESR8: Transaminase-catalyzed de-racemization cascade reactions
  • ESR9: Upscaling of ω-transaminase catalyzed cascade reactions for high-value chemicals production
  • ESR10: Widening the substrate scope of transaminases by protein engineering
  • ESR11: Amine synthesis by combination of transaminases with Suzuki cross-coupling

For more information about the project and research opportunities, please visit our job portal at: http://biocascades.osclass.com/

Contact detail

How to apply:
To apply for the position, kindly provide: (i) a letter of motivation including a 1-page statement of your research interests, relevant skills and experience; (ii) a CV including publication list; and (iii) names and contact details of three referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation.  All materials should be attached as a single PDF file (max. size 5MB).  The PDF file name should include your first name and last name.

The closing date for all applications is 20th January 2015.  If you are interested in a second BIOCASCADES project, please mention that in your application.  Any candidates short listed, but not offered a PhD position with their first choice, will have their applications automatically transferred to their second choice project, which will be included in the pool for that post, if the vacancy is still open.  
Send application to
Julirose Gonzales


Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Austria (Steiermark), Germany (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Working place
44780 Bochum
Area of expertise