PhD position in Anaerobic Microbial Physiology (f/m/d)

(Teilzeit 65%, E 13 TV-L)

Reference No. 2021/004. The anticipated start date is April 1st, 2021 or by agreement. The position is available for three years.

The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and its follow-up programme, the Excellence Strategy.

The position is available in the research team of Dr. Nicolai Müller in the Limnic Microbiology group of Prof. Dr. David Schleheck. The subject of the research project is the “Biochemistry of thermophilic degradation of C1 and C2 com-pounds in Thermaceto-genium phaeum. The anaerobic bacterium Thermacetogenium phaeum is a thermophilic acetogen that runs the Wood-Ljungdahl-pathway in both the acetate-forming and acetate-degrading direction, while acetate degradation is only possible in syntrophic cooperation, i.e., through maintenance of a low hydrogen partial pressure by a methanogenic partner. The responsible enzyme systems will be characterized as part of this project, using traditional microbiological and biochemical methods and modern proteomic, transcriptomic and reverse-genetic analyses. The project offers an exciting opportunity for candidates wishing to conduct innovative research relevant for both fundamental and applied sciences. The working language is English.

Your responsibilities

  • Cultivating strictly anaerobic microorganisms in pure culture and defined co-culture
  • Enzyme activity assays
  • Isolation and characterization of enzyme complexes
  • Proteome and Transcriptome analyses, heterologous expression
  • Analytical chemistry (LC- and GC-MS)

Your Competencies

  • Master degree in Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, or related, with outstanding results
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English language
  • Documented experience in anaerobic microbiology, physiology and/or biochemistry
  • High level of self-organization and analytical thinking

We Offer

  • Opportunity to contribute to funda-mental and applied science in an international team
  • Good development opportunities, and extensive training
  • Large repertoire of methods and laboratory instrumentation

Questions can be directed to Mr. Nicolai Müller via E-Mail: We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents until February 12th, 2021 via our Online Application Portal.

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in the field advertised ( Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).



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