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Stellenausschreibung / Job advertisement

The Divisions of Biochemistry (Department of Neuroscience) at the University of Oldenburg offers

Two PhD-positions for maximal four years
(E13 TV-L, 65 %)

in the research project "Cryptochromes as molecular triggers in magnetoreceptive cell responses". The position is supposed to start in January 2023 and should lead to a successful dissertation. The project is part of the DFG funded SFB 1372 "Magnetoreception and navigation in vertebrates: from biophysics to brain and behaviour".

In SFB 1372, we are going to discover how vertebrate navigation and magnetoreception work. Sixteen different projects covering many scientific disciplines from quantum mechanics and biophysics via biochemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience, all the way to behavioral biology and genetics make up SFB 1372. The overall aim of the project is to identify the first step(s) in the signal transduction cascade connecting the radical-pair reaction in cryptochromes to downstream signaling steps. In particular we aim at identifying the target proteins and binding partners of cryptochromes. Our studies also aim at characterizing the trigger events in cryptochrome proteins by determining the conformational changes initiating the signalling cascade. Functional approaches will be complemented by interaction analysis using biochemical and biophysical techniques.

We expect a successful applicant to have completed a scientific university degree (master or equivalent) in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related subjects and a strong interest in basic research in a collaborative research environment. We require very good mastering of English reading and writing. Our groups are located at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and are part of several collaborative centres of excellence including the Research Training Group (RTG) "Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology" and the Collaborative Research Center SFB1372 "Magnetoreception and navigation in vertebrates" (s. above). These collaborations will give you access to a very wide range of superb modern equipment, techniques and expertise. You will become part of a larger team working closely together on related questions. For more information about our group, see

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of women in science. Therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. According to § 21 III NHG (legislation governing Higher Education in Lower Saxony) preference will be given to female candidates in cases of equal qualification.
Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

Please send your application in a single pdf document (CV, letter of motivation, list of publications, university certificates, names and phone numbers of at least two personal references) to Prof. Dr. Karl-Wilhelm Koch (), University Oldenburg, Faculty VI, D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany.

All applications must be submitted by December 15, 2022. We will start looking at the applications as soon as they are submitted and will consider further applications until the positions are filled.

Basic knowledge of the German language is helpful in daily life, but is not a criterion for being accepted or not.


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