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The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at the Carl von Ossietzky University invites applications for

a PhD student (m/f/d)
(salary scale E 13 TV-L, at 65%, for the period of three years starting at 01. October 2019).

The position will be based at the working group General and Molecular Microbiology (head: Prof. Dr. Ralf Rabus), within the framework of the research training group RTG 1885 "Molecular basis of sensory biology" and attend to the project "Sensory distinction of structurally similar aromatic compounds".

Sensory distinction of chemical compounds is an important capacity of bacteria to efficiently adapt to changing nutritional conditions. The project is concerned with aromatic compounds (alkylbenzenes, phenols, and phenylpropanoids) and explores how these structurally similar monoaromatic compounds are discriminated on a sensory level by the denitrifying betaproteobacterium Aromatoleum aromaticum EbN1. A. aromaticum EbN1 represents the proteogenomically best studied anaerobic degradation specialist, possessing a catabolic network regulated with high specificity. Specific aims of the project are to study the predicted sensors/regulators of aromatic compounds on the molecular-genetic and biochemical level and to quantitatively determine the in vivo response thresholds for these compounds.

Requirements for hiring

An academic university degree (Master or equivalent) in microbiology or related subjects is required. Experiences in molecular-genetic and biochemical methods, and/or the (anaerobic) cultivation of microorganisms are desirable.

Further information on the working environment and the working group General and Molecular Microbiology is available at

The Carl von Ossietzky University is committed to increase the proportion of women in research. We therefore assertively invite women to apply. According to § 21 Abs. 3 NHG, women will be given preference if equally qualified.

Equally qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Written applications are asked to be sent until 31. July 2019 preferentially per Mail as a single PDF file to Prof. Dr. Ralf Rabus (rabus@icbm.deqf), Carl von Ossietzky University, Fakulty V, ICBM, 26111 Oldenburg.


Christina Osiz0fwa3xm7jldli (christinu320pa.os6fpywwaldc4tqm@uol2vp.degddm9) (Stand: 23.07.2019)