PhD position Microbiology and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry

Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

Kiel, Germany

Area of research:


Job description:

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 80 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The Geomicrobiology group in the research unit “Marine Geosystems” is offering a

PhD position
Microbiology and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry

subject to project approval starting on February 1st 2020. The position is temporary for 36 months and offers the possibility to attain a doctoral degree in natural sciences.

Job Description / Project Description

The candidate is expected to develop an activity-based screen for identifying CO2 reducing enzymes from metagenomic fosmid libraries and describing them. This will include the following tasks:

DNA isolation from marine environmental samples and construction of fosmid librariesDevelopment of an assay for detecting recombinant CO2 reducing enzymesIdentification of genes encoding the respective enzyme activityBiochemical characterization of the CO2 reducing enzymesInvolvement in publishing the scientific results in international journals and presenting findings at conferences


 master degree of natural sciences/ medicine or equivalent enabling the candidate to perform above mentioned taskssound knowledge of molecular biological and/or biochemical methodssound knowledge of the English languageability for analytical thinking, drive and team ability

Experience with DNA extraction, construction of fosmid and transposon libraries as well as carbon monoxide dehydrogenases is an advantage.

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a part-time position according to 75 % of a full-time equivalent. The position cannot be split. Flexible working time models are possible in principle.

Equal opportunities for women and men are an integral part of our human resources policy.GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your application for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "ECO2nvert” in the subject line. Please send your application no later than the 27th November 2019 to the following email address:

It is planned that the interviews will take place in week 51.

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all your application data will be deleted according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Mirjam Perner ( or Marion Liebetrau ( (Tel.: 0431 600-2847).

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