Research Assistant

At the University of Greifswald’s Institute of Biochemistry there is a job vacancy expected to be available for earliest possible appointment, subject to budgetary regulations, for a full-time 

Research Assistant

in the field of protein engineering / genetic code engineering. The fixed-term contract is for a period of two years. Payment will be made according to pay group 13 TV-L Wissenschaft.

The position is available within the framework of the ERC starting grant project ‘LightZymes’.The research shall focus on the combination of bio- and photocatalysis: organic photocatalysts will be placed as artificial cofactors into proteins to provide the protein with novel catalytic reactivities, and the proteins will be evolved to assist the catalytic reaction and to render it regio- and stereoselective. The main aim of this position is the creation and optimisation of hybrid proteins by employing protein engineering methods, including genetic code engineering and other bioconjugation methods.

Job Description:

  • Protein engineering (library design and construction, screening)
  • Team assistance for tasks related to molecular biology
  • Genetic code engineering, if necessary
  • Application of bioconjugation methods to create hybrid proteins
  • Assistance in the dissemination of results (presentations, writing reports and manuscripts)
  • Communication and active participation in research meetings with the other ERC team members and collaborating scientists

Job Specification:

  • Highly motivated postdoc with postgraduate degree and doctorate in the field of biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology or a related subject area
  • Excellent knowledge of and research experience in molecular biology and protein engineering, if possible as proven by publications as first author
  • Knowledge of/experience in biochemical characterization of biocatalysts is important (enzyme assay, (high-throughput) screening and experience in the production of scientific publications
  • Knowledge of/experience in bioconjugation, genetic code engineering and molecular modelling are desirable
  • Documented scientific qualifications within the field of research, such as publication(s) as first, or first co-author are desirable
  • Talented experimentalist, enthusiastic, pro-active, with a high level of motivation and independent thinking abilities
  • Proficiency in English, good interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Outgoing person, who likes to interact with team members and collaborating partners
  • Interest in the fields of organic synthesis/photocatalysis is beneficial, but not a requirement


The project is being run at the University of Greifswald, which is located in north-eastern Germany on the shores of the Baltic Sea, near to Berlin. The successful candidate will work in a highly interdisciplinary and dynamic research team and will have opportunities to to collaborate with scientists in the field of biocatalysis and photocatalysis.

This announcement is directed at all persons, no matter which gender.

The University would like to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented and thus applications from women are particularly welcome and will be treated with priority if they have the same qualifications and as long as there are no clear reasons which make a fellow applicant more suitable.

Severely disabled applicants with the same qualifications will be considered with preference.

In accordance with § 68(3) PersVG M-V, the Staff Council will only be involved in staff matters of the academic or artistic staff on request.

Unfortunately, the application costs will not be reimbursed by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Applications comprising all usual documents (cover letter (no more than 2 pages) describing why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement and what makes you suitable for the project; CV including degrees and other completed courses, language skills, work experience; list of publications; copies of your PhD and master’s certificates with marks; details of publications in support of your application (no more than 3)) must be sent with reference to the job advertisement number 19/Sa43 by 15 December 2019, preferably via email (one PDF file), to:

Universität Greifswald
Institut für
Herrn Dr. Matthias Höhne
Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 4
17489 Greifswald

Please note that only applications meeting all of these requirements will be considered.

For more details, please contact Dr. Matthias Höhne, +49 3834 420 4417,