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Stellenausschreibung / Job advertisement

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

PhD-position for three years
(E13 TV-L, 66 %)

in the research project "Assembling bicelles to floating lipid-transmembrane protein membranes: A novel experimental approach" funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The position is supposed to start in February 2023 and should lead to a successful dissertation.

The main objective of the project is to understand the functional operation of the prototypical G protein-coupled receptor rhodopsin, which is the dominant protein in rod outer segment disc membranes in photoreceptor cells. These membranes are characterized by a high content of lipids with polyunsaturated chains and undergo a change of their composition during aging. The biochemical and biophysical consequences that different lipid compositions have on rhodopsin conformation and function, their impact on incorporating rhodopsin in membranes and the mutual interactions of membrane varieties with rhodopsin and rhodopsin mutants are not well known yet. These research questions will be addressed in the project and will be realized in cooperation with Dr. Izabella Brand at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty V, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg.

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. Experience with experimental protein chemistry and the application of biophysical techniques is of advantage.

Our group is located at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and is 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: from biophysics to brain and behaviour". 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 one single pdf document (CV, letter of motivation, list of publications, certificates) to University of Oldenburg, School VI, Biochemistry group, Prof. Dr. Karl-Wilhelm Koch, Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 9-11, D-26129 Oldenburg, Germany, e-mail:

Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2022.

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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