PhD student at the Institute of Biochemistry

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The Institute of Biochemistry, University of Cologne (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) invites applications for a 
PhD student (m/f)

to begin on September 1st, 2016 or later. The position is for 3 years with the option to continue for 11 months. The well-supported salary is based on the German E13 TV-L scale if terms and conditions under collective bargaining law are fulfilled.
Applications are welcome from graduates of one of the following or related disciplines:
biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics

Experience in molecular biology (gene cloning; construction of bacterial expression systems) and protein biochemistry (expression, purification and characterization of proteins) are an asset. We are looking for a candidate with enthusiasm for research in a multi-disciplinary environment between structural biology, biochemistry, and immunity.

The PhD position is part of a common research project funded by the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (DFG) and its French partner “L'Agence nationale de la recherche“ (ANR) in order to investigate molecular principles of the plant immune system. The project continues studies published by Wagner et al. (Cell Host Microbe 14:619-630, 2013) and Le Roux et al. (Cell 161:1074-1088, 2015).

In close collaboration with the research groups of Prof. Jane E. Parker (Max-Planck-Institute of Plant Breeding Research, Cologne) and Dr Laurent Deslandes (Laboratory of Plant-Microbe Interactions, CNRS-INRA, Toulouse, France), the biophysical and structure/function properties of plant immunity signaling proteins will be explored. For this, state-of-the-art methods in structural biology (protein crystallography, small angle X-ray scattering, cryoelectron microscopy) and biophysical chemistry (micro calorimetry, microscale thermophoresis, biolayer interferometry) will be applied.

For further details on the project and research groups please consult the funding data base of the DFG (
and group web sites:;;

The University of Cologne is an equal opportunities employer. Applications of women are thus especially encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.

Candidates should send their applications with CV, academic certificates and contacts of two academic referees in printed or electronic form by June 30th, 2016  to:

Prof. Dr. Karsten Niefind
University of Cologne
Institute of Biochemistry (building 2),
Otto-Fischer-Str. 12-14
D-50674 Cologne
Tel.: +49 (0)221 4706444

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How to apply:
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Send application to
Prof. Dr. Karsten Niefind
University of Cologne
Institute of Biochemistry (building 2),
Otto-Fischer-Str. 12-14
D-50674 Cologne
Tel.: +49 (0)221 4706444

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Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
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Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Working place
50923 Köln
Area of expertise
Chemistry, Biology & Life Sciences, Biotechnology

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