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PhD Position (E 13 TV-L, 50%) Institute of Technical Biocatalysis

At the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Technical Biocatalysis (Prof. Dr. Andreas Liese), Group Reaction Sequences (Dr. Selin Kara) offers a PhD position (E13 TV-L, 50%) for three years, starting from February 1st 2016.
Topic: "Characterization and kinetic modeling of a novel, convergent enzymatic cascade to formation of lactones with in situ polymerization".
In this cascade system the most important reaction parameters, as well as the kinetic and thermodynamic effects, which affect the productivity of the synthesis of lactones and its oligomers/polymers, will be systematically and quantitatively evaluated. The knowledge gained in those steps will be transferred to the development of reactor concepts enabling synthesis of oligomers/polymers. This project is financially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
An outstanding M.Sc. degree in Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Bioprocess Engineering; practical experience in biocatalysis (isolated enzymes or whole cells), multi-enzymatic systems, enzymatic polymerization, design of experiments (DoE) enzyme kinetics and reaction engineering; ability to work in an international team; inter- and multidisciplinary thinking; high motivation; an integrative and cooperative personality with excellent communication and social skills; fluency in English – written and oral. Applications of women and disabled persons are particularly welcome.
Application Procedure:
Your application should include: Cover letter, indicating current and future research interests and career goals; description of research experience and accomplishments, including summary of previous research done during your master thesis (max. 2 pages); list of publications, if available; CV, including copies of degree certificates and transcript of grades (i.e. the official list of coursework including your grades); two letters of recommendation.

Please submit your application by January 1st 2016 preferably by email as a single pdf document (using “surname_firstname.pdf”) to Ms. Zimmermann (
How to apply:
Documents as single PDF (using “surname_firstname.pdf”)
to be sent to: Ms. Zimmermann
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Frau Dr. Selin Kara:
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: 201511

About Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg

Our main research field covers technical and fundamental aspects of the application of whole cells and isolated enzymes in biocatalysis and environmental biotechnology. The research involves bioprocess development, non-conventional biotransformations, online reaction analysis, microreaction engineering as well as biodegradation. Process engineers, biotechnologists, chemists and microbiologists...

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