PhD and Postdoc Positions in EPR/ESR Spectroscopy of Outer Membrane Biogenesis Machines at Goethe Uni., Frankfurt

The Macromolecular Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) Spectroscopy group at the Institute of Biophysics invites application to fill few PhD positions and a Postdoctoral Scientist position. Our group investigates the functional mechanism of membrane-embedded heterooligomeric macromolecular machines using EPR/ESR spectroscopy as the primary research tool complemented with further structural and biophysical techniques. The project aims at elucidating the structural and dynamic basis of outer membrane biogenesis by the β-Barrel Assembly Machinery (BAM) complex and the lipopolysaccharide transport (Lpt) system. The Institute has a diverse research program including IR spectroscopy, theoretical biophysics, and cryo-electron microscopy. Thus many opportunities exist for collaborative research in these directions.

The ideal candidate has education in Biophysics, Biochemistry, or Chemistry. Experience in molecular biology techniques and membrane protein expression/purification would be helpful. Knowledge in magnetic resonance spectroscopy will be considered as a bonus. The position is embedded within the framework of the Center for Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance (BMRZ), which hosts state-of-the-art EPR and NMR spectrometers. We offer a position with salary and benefits according to the German collective labor agreement for public service (TV-G- U). Our Institute is located close to Frankfurt, which is a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city. The University advocates gender equality and therefore strongly encourages women to apply. People with disabilities are given preference if equally qualified.

Interested candidates may send the application (including a motivation letter and CV) to Benesh Joseph (email:

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