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Ruhr-Universität Bochum | AG Photobiotechnologie

Postdoctoral position Photobiotechnology

  • Online seit 08.10.2021
  • 211008-495844
  • 822755
  • Wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiter(in)


Ruhr University Bochum is one of the leading research universities in Germany. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

The Photobiotechnology group at Ruhr University Bochum offers a three-year postdoctoral position for a cutting-edge project within the funding scheme “Integration of Molecular Components in Functional Macroscopic Systems” of the renowned VolkswagenStiftung.

The imminent climate change requires fundamentally novel concepts for the generation and use of energy forms that do not harm the environment and climate. The Photobiotechnology group focuses on the characterization and application of hydrogen producing enzymes (hydrogenases) as well as on designing artificial biocatalysts. To understand the working principles of these natural and engineered redox catalysts, we apply a multitude of (bio)chemical, biophysical and spectroscopic techniques. For more information about our work group, please visit our web page at http://www.rub.de/pbt/index.html.

The generation of clean fuels and further valuable products additionally depends on high-energy substrate and electron input. Our new applied and industry-driven VolkswagenStiftung-funded project aims at mimicking photosynthesis by combining redox-active and light-dependent DNA nanoscaffolds with peptide-based enzymatic functionalities, thus creating sustainable, yet economic photosynthetic platforms for the generation of valuable end products such as molecular hydrogen (H2). The undertaking will integrate state-of-the-art methodologies in collaboration with international partners.

The project includes a PhD position so that the postdoctoral candidate has the opportunity to form a small junior group dedicated to establishing the anticipated DNA-peptide nanomachines. This position is thus especially suited for young researchers wishing to shape their independent scientific career. You will be integrated into a future-oriented, internationally integrated and friendly team.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.


Applicants should have completed a scientific doctorate and be experienced especially in DNA-chemistry, electrochemistry, material science or biophysics. Preferably, you have already been working with biochemical materials and are familiar with electrochemical and/or spectroscopic techniques. The project is integrated within the cluster of excellence RESOLV (https://www.solvation.de), thereby offering exceptionally good experimental infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment. We take it as a given that you are enthusiastic and a team player and that you enjoy international journeys and interdisciplinary work. Please sent your application in a single pdf file to Thomas Happe (thomas.happe@rub.de) by October 25th, 2021.

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

At Ruhr University Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they are underrepresented, and we therefore encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with an equal legal status are likewise most welcome.


Art der Beschäftigung
Zeitraum der Beschäftigung
3 years
TV-L E13
Montag, 25. Oktober 2021 - 23:59


Hochschule / Einrichtung
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Institut / Einrichtung
AG Photobiotechnologie
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum, Deutschland
Herr Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe




Herr Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe




Ruhr-Universität Bochum | AG Photobiotechnologie


Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum