PhD position in Duesseldorf (Germany)

A PhD positions position is available in the field of NMR characterization of membrane protein structure and function. The positions will be part of the research group of Manuel Etzkorn at the University of Duesseldorf, Germany.
The group focuses on the characterization of pharmacological important membrane proteins as well as the development of novel NMR techniques tailored for these challenging systems. Depending on individual qualification and interest you will have the opportunity to work on various aspects of this highly interdisciplinary topic including (cell-free) protein expression, biophysical assays, numerical simulations as well as solution- and solid-state NMR spectroscopy.
Candidates should be highly motivated with a strong interest in biophysics. Previous experience in at least one of the following areas: protein biochemistry, biophysical characterization of (membrane) proteins and/or NMR spectroscopy is required. Funding for PhD students is guaranteed for 3 years starting October 2015 or later.
The biomolecular NMR center of the University of Duesseldorf as well as a close collaboration with the Helmholtz Research Center (Forschungszentrum Jülich) offers an exciting and stimulating research environment. Access to state-of-the art instrumentation including high-field solution- and solid-state NMR spectrometers operating at 900 MHz, 800 MHz, 700 MHz, 3x 600 MHz, 600 MHz DNP is available. Additional spectrometers (800 MHz, 800 MHz DNP, 1200 MHz) will become available in/around 2016.
Düsseldorf is a very pleasant mid-size German city with a vivid historic center located directly at the scenic Rhein-river and offers a large variety of cultural and recreational activities.
Applications should include a cover letter with a brief description of previous research experience, a CV, and contact information for at least two reference persons (typically including the supervisors of the master thesis). Applications and informal inquiries about the lab and research projects should be directed by email to Manuel Etzkorn (
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