phD position: solid-state NMR of RNA

Center of Biomolecular Drug Research (BMWZ), University of Hannover, Germany invites applications for a phD position in the field of solid-state NMR characterization of RNA in protein-RNA complexes. To be appointed from 01.03.16. The position is limited to 3 years.

Responsibilities and duties
The junior solid-state NMR research group of Alexander Marchanka focuses on the development of solid-state NMR techniques for structural studies of RNA in large biomolecular complexes. Moreover, in close collaboration with the solution-state NMR group of Prof. Teresa Carlomagno we are working on the characterization of ribonucleoprotein complexes in viral systems by a plethora of modern magnetic resonance techniques (NMR and EPR).
The successful candidate will work on an interdisciplinary research project combining activities both in the wet lab (organic synthesis, protein expression and purification, RNA synthesis) and in solid-state NMR and EPR spectroscopy.

Employment conditions
The candidate should hold a master degree and be highly motivated with a strong interest in (bio)chemistry and biophysics. Previous experience in organic synthesis and/or biochemistry of proteins and RNA is required. Experience in the field of magnetic resonance spectroscopy is of advantage.
The new established Center of Biomolecular Drug Research (BMWZ) at the University of Hannover offers an exciting and stimulating research environment. State-of-the art instrumentation includes high-field solution and solid-state NMR spectrometers operating at 850 MHz and 600 MHz. Access to ultra high-field NMR spectrometers is granted by collaborative research grants. Fully established protein- and RNA purification laboratories and a high performance computation cluster are available.

As an equal opportunities employer, Leibniz Universität Hannover intends to promote women and men in the context of statutory requirements. For this reason suitably qualified women are specifically invited to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preferential treatment.

For further information, please contact Alexander Marchanka,, who will be pleased to assist.

Please send your application with the usual documents and papers by 31.12.2015 to