Research Assistant (PhD Student, m/f/d) in the area Natural Product Chemistry

Leibniz University Hannover
February 12, 2023
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The Institute of Botany of the Leibniz University Hannover invites applications for the position of a Research Assistant (PhD Student, m/f/d) in the area Natural Product Chemistry (Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 65 %) to start at the next possible date. The position is part of the group “Biochemistry of Plant Specialised Metabolites” (Prof. Dr. Jakob Franke). The initial contract is for 3 years with a possibility for extension.

You can find information about the Franke group on our website: https: // www. botanik.uni-hannover.de/en/research/research-groups/franke-group/

Tasks

Our young and dynamic research group studies the biochemistry of plant specialised metabolites. We offer you an opportunity to conduct a PhD thesis in the context of a competitive and exciting interdisciplinary research project. The aim of the research work is the elucidation of plant steroid biosynthetic pathways as part of a project funded by the German Research Foundation.

The tasks of the position comprise:

  • Isolation and characterisation of steroids from plant material
  • Semisynthetic production of biosynthesis intermediates
  • Conduction of enzyme assays in Nicotiana benthamiana , Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Escherichia coli
  • Purification and structure elucidation of biosynthesis intermediates from enzyme assays
  • Qualifications

    The applicant must hold a university science degree (diploma/master or equivalent) in the area of chemistry, life science or related courses. We expect above average grades, high motivation and interest in interdisciplinary research.

    In addition, the ideal applicant should have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Experience with the purification of natural products by column chromatography and preparative HPLC
  • Experience with characterisation of complex natural products by NMR and other spectroscopic methods
  • Experience with analytical methods (LCMS, GCMS) as well as handling LCMS and GCMS instruments
  • Experience with organic synthesis
  • Experience with basic molecular biological and biochemical techniques
  • Very good written and oral English skills for working in an international team and to fulfil research tasks
  • The university aims to promote equality between women and men. For this purpose, the university strives to reduce under-representation in areas where a certain gender is under-represented. Women are under-represented in the salary scale of the advertised position. Therefore, qualified women are encouraged to apply. Moreover, we welcome applications from qualified men. Preference will be given to equally-qualified applicants with disabilities.

    Please send your application until 12th February 2023 as a single PDF file to

    Email: jakob.franke@botanik.uni-hannover.de

    or via mail to:

    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover Institut für Botanik Prof. Dr. Jakob Franke Herrenhäuser Str. 2 30419 Hannover

    For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Jakob Franke (Phone: +49 (0)511 762-16354; Email: jakob.franke@botanik.uni-hannover.de).

    Information on the collection of personal data according to article 13 GDPR can be found at https: // www. uni-hannover.de/de/datenschutzhinweis- bewerbungen/.

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