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The Working Group Microbial Biotechnology of at the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnologyis looking for a 

Postdoctoral research assistant (m,f,x) for 2 years (+2 optional), 39,83 hours per week, TVL E13

The multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team of microbial biotechnology at Ruhr University Bochum is devoted to developing new biocatalysts and reaction strategies towards compounds of relevance for health and industry. With the overarching goal to reach a more sustainable economy, we identify and optimize enzymes (from gene to product) and integrate them into complex reaction cascades. Our lab is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation to acheive biotechnological break-throughs. As part of an industry-academia consortial project, we currently offer a 24-month Postdoc position with the option to extend up to 48 months.

Your research project focuses on the establishment and optimization of a biocatalytic redox reaction cascade. This will include methods of enzyme mining, production and engineering, coupling with other chemo- and biocatalytic reactions, as well as reaction optimization, and scaling. Different formulations of the reaction setting as well as cellular tolerances will be explored.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:
22.04.2024

Your tasks:

  • You take research responsibility to drive forward a project within a consortium of industrial and academic partners
  • You produce proteins - from cloning of genes to protein purification - and perform biotransformation reactions in multiple formats (cell-free, whole-cell and in immobilized forms)
  • You perform high-throuput screening methods and instrumental analysis (liquid and gas chromatography, spectroscopic and mass spectrometric methods)
  • You self-responsibly ensure microbiological strain maintenance and operate and maintain biotechnological equipment
  • You plan, conduct and document experiments independently and reliably
  • You reliably supervise students at B.Sc. and M.Sc. level and support PhD candidates in their research projects
  • You coordinate and communicate the projects' progress with your peers in the team and with the consortial partners
  • You support the project supervisor in project reporting and administration

Your profile:

  • You have completed a Phd (Dr. rer. nat, or equivalent in, e.g., biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry) in a field and topic related to the project description, which you can substantiate with relevant publications
  • You have sound knowledge and experimental experience in genetics, protein biochemistry, and biotechnology
  • You are a reliable, meticulous and flexible team player with good communication and management skills
  • You are confident in all relevant fields of digital data processing (digital lab book, data evaluation with scientific software, data preparation and presentation in visual forms)
  • Your are fluent in English in spoken and written form (spoken language in the lab) as well as in German (or commit to complete German language courses)
  • You are able to independently compose reports and manusctipts of your performed research

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • Fair working hours and family-friendly working
  • Extensive training and further education opportunities
  • a workplace in a green environment with direct access to the botanical garden of the Ruhr University Bochum

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews. https://www.wpr.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).
https://www.daf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/sbgk/index.html.en

You can find information about TVL at: https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Carolin Mügge, Phone: +49234 32 25548

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 3113 until 22.04.2024, send by e-mail to the following address: carolin.muegge@rub.de

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