Research Assistant (PhD Student; m/f/d) in the area Plant Biochemistry

Leibniz University Hannover
October 01, 2023
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The Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Leibniz University Hannover invites applications for the position of a Research Assistant (PhD Student; m/f/d) in the area Plant Biochemistry (Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 67 %) 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.


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 research project. The aim of the research work is the elucidation of plant triterpenoid biosynthetic pathways as part of the Emmy Noether project „Limonoids and Quassinoids: Understanding and Harnessing Complex Triterpene Production and Transport in Plants“, funded by the German Research Foundation.

The tasks of the position comprise:

  • Mining of plant genome and transcriptome datasets with bioinformatic tools
  • Cloning of gene candidates from plants and combinatorial screening in Nicotiana benthamiana
  • Heterologous production and purification of enzymes from Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Escherichia coli
  • Biochemical characterisation of enzymes
  • Qualifications

    The applicant must hold a university science degree (diploma/master or equivalent) in the area of biochemistry, plant science, biology, 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 heterologous gene expression and purification of proteins
  • Experience with biochemical assays and their analysis by chromatography
  • Experience with bioinformatics analysis of large sequence datasets
  • Experience with modern cloning techniques (Golden Gate cloning, Gibson assembly)
  • 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 1st October 2023 as a single PDF file to

    Email: [email protected]

    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: [email protected]).

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

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