PhD position in the Etzkon lab

A PhD position is open 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 Biomolecular NMR Center of Düsseldorf University and the Helmholtz Research Center (Forschungszentrum) Jülich.

The project will focus on the characterization of pharmacologically important membrane proteins as well as the development of novel NMR and biochemical techniques tailored to enhance insights into 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, enhanced membrane mimetics, biophysical assays, as well as solution- and (DNP) solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

Candidates should be highly motivated with a strong interest in structural biology. Previous experience in at least one of the following areas is mandatory: protein biochemistry, cell biology and biophysical characterization of membrane systems and/or NMR spectroscopy. Funding for the PhD project (estimated duration 3 - 3.5 years) is secured. Starting date will be August 2018 or later.

The Biomolecular NMR Center Düsseldorf/Jülich offers an exciting and stimulating research environment and is very well equipped with state-of-the-art biophysical instrumentation as well as high-field solution- and solid-state NMR spectrometers operating at 900 MHz, 3x 800 MHz, 750 MHz, 700 MHz, 4x 600 MHz (including DNP at 600 and 800 MHz). In addition, a 1200 MHz system should become available during the PhD project.

Düsseldorf is a very pleasant city with a vivid historic center located directly at the scenic Rhein river and offers a large variety of cultural and recreational activities frequently placing Düsseldorf into the (top ten) lists of cities with the highest quality of life worldwide.

Applications should include a cover letter with a brief description of previous research experience and motivation to join the group, a CV, and contact information for at least two reference persons (typically including the supervisor(s) of the master thesis). Applications and informal inquiries about the lab and research project should be directed via email to Manuel Etzkorn (

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Dr. Manuel Etzkorn

Institute of Physical Biology
Universitätsstr. 1

Bldg. 26.11.U1 Room 24

D-40225 Düsseldorf

Phone: +49 211 8112023