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The research group "Animal Navigation" headed by Prof. Henrik Mouritsen at the Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg has been awarded a 6-year ERC Synergy Grant for a project entitled QuantumBirds: Radical pair-based magnetic sensing in migratory birds together with Prof. Peter Hore, University of Oxford.

Applicants are invited for a

PhD-position in Protein Biochemistry (m, f, d)
(65% E13 TV-L, 4 years)

starting from the 1st of February 2021 in Oldenburg, Germany.

Working in QuantumBirds brings together quantum physics, spin chemistry, behavioral biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology in a unique, ambitious, imaginative and genuinely synergetic research programme. We aim to prove whether the primary magnetic detection event occurring in the birds' retinas involves the quantum spin dynamics of photochemically formed radical pairs in cryptochrome proteins. The birds' magnetic compass sensor seems to rely on coherent quantum phenomena that indirectly allow magnetic interactions a million times smaller than kBT (Boltzmann's constant multiplied by temperature) to be detected in biological tissue.

You would work in an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers, who regularly publish their findings in the very best scientific journals (including e.g. 5 papers in Nature since 2009).

Your qualifications

  • Qualifying university degree (diploma or master) in Bioengineering
  • At least 4 publications
  • 2 years of experience and knowledge of protein expression and purification, westernblot, cloning and PCR as well as
  • Experience with Transient Absorption spectroscopy, Cavity ring‐down spectroscopy, Broadband cavity‐enhanced absorption spectroscopy (BCEAS), Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and mass spectrometry is mandatory
  • High level of enthusiasm, motivation and ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Good spoken and written English

We offer
The QuantumBirds ( project is located at the University of Oxford, UK (physical and chemical aspects) and at the University of Oldenburg, Germany (biological and biochemical aspects), and collaborates with research groups from around the world. You will be located in Oldenburg and become part of a large diverse team working closely together on related questions and will have access to a wide range of superb modern equipment, techniques and expertise.

Our working group is member of the DFG funded PhD program "Molecular basis of sensory biology" and of the graduate school program "Neurosensory sciences and systems", which you must take part in. For more information about our group, see and

Family and scientific career is supported by us and the University of Oxford and the University of Oldenburg.

How to apply
Your application should include a letter of motivation, a detailed CV, a publication list, names and phone numbers of at least two personal references, university and high school certificates. Please send your application preferably as a single pdf file to Dr. Beate Grünberg, University of Oldenburg, Fk. 5 - Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences, 26111 Oldenburg, beasftetvnd.grlmruenberiujxvg@unno1i-oldenburg.deirle. All applications received before the 26th of September, 2020 will be considered.

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increase the percentage of female employees in the field of science. Therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance to § 21 Section 3 NHG, female candidates with equal qualifications will be preferentially considered. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.


Chkmrimtustcnina Oswuczykaldhnzj1 (chyp2+ristinasvim.oswald@uol.ykde) (Stand: 25.09.2020)