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Doctoral researcher position (PhD position)

The Research Training Group 1976 welcomes applications for a Doctoral researcher position (PhD position) | term for filing application: 01.09.2020
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The Research Training Group 1976 welcomes applications for a

Doctoral researcher position (PhD position)
Part-time position (65 %), Start-date: 01.10.2020

Research Training Group 1976: „Functional diversity of cofactors in enzymes” 

The University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität) welcomes applications for a PhD position for a three‐year structured program in the varied fields of the Research Training Group „Functional diversity of cofactors in enzymes” (RTG 1976,

The Research Training Group focuses on the diversity of cofactors in enzymes with different projects reaching from enzymology and mechanism of cofactors and enzymes to their application in medicine and biotechnology.

Currently we have one open position for PhD students starting October 1st, 2020:

  • P13: Investigation of novel non-canonical flavoenzymes, flavin biochemistry

The student will investigate novel flavin monooxygenase mechanisms relying on flavin-N5-oxygen adducts in bacterial primary and secondary metabolism. Your tasks involve, e.g., gene cloning, protein expression & purification, detailed mechanistic and structural studies of flavoenzymes, enzyme mutagenesis, identification/characterization of intermediates and products.

Knowledge/interest in the following methods is beneficial: Enzymatic mechanisms, structural biology (X-ray crystallography), Protein purification, HPLC/UPLC, Mass spectrometry, UV-Vis spectroscopy, bioengineering, organic synthesis, microbiology, bacterial physiology


The three‐year structured program consists of lecture series, PhD seminars, workshops, symposia and retreats. In addition, participants will have the possibility to attend courses for individual need. Successful candidates will be awarded the PhD degree (Dr. rer. nat.). The program is taught in English.


  • excellent graduates in the fields of pharmacy, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology (Master or equivalent)
  • proven interest in one or more of the above indicated research fields
  • highly motivated and committed
  • interested in participating actively in the program of the RTG
  • very good written and spoken English skills 

The following documents are required for your application as PhD student:

  • a cover letter stating your interests and why you want to become part of the RTG, preference for one project and why you think you would fit into this project
  • your curriculum vitae
  • your degree certificates and study transcripts with a description of the grading scheme
  • an abstract (maximum 1 page) of your diploma or master thesis
  • a list of your publications, if available
  • addresses of two potential references and, if available, letters of recommendation
  • a tangible proof of your fluency in English, i.e. certificate (TOEFL, Cambridge certificate, IELTS); German “Abitur” is eligible as proof of fluency in English 

All documents should be provided in English.

The duration of the PhD position is limited to three years. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.
We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send your application in English including supporting documents mentioned above citing the reference number 00000979, by 01.09.2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
RTG 1976
Dr. Susanne Elfert
Stefan-Meier-Str. 19
79104 Freiburg
E-Mail (please submit the above-mentioned documents as one PDF file):
For further information, please contact Frau Dr Susanne Elfert on the phone number +49 761 203-8370 or E-Mail
General and legal remarks:
Full-time positions may generally be split up into two or more part-time positions, provided that there are no formal or legal barriers. Candidates are selected in accordance with the provisions of the AGG (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - German General Equal Treatment Act).
Applicants with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte Menschen) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.
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