31/03/2022
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Science 4 Refugees

Early Stage Researcher (PhD Position)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Bielefeld University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryBiochemistry
    ChemistryHeterogeneous catalysis
    ChemistryOrganic chemistry
    ChemistryStructural chemistry
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    20/04/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Germany › Bielefeld
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/06/2022
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    860414

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The Marie-Skłodowska-Curie European Innovative Training Network INTERfaces (ITN) will develop multi-step biocatalytic reactions by using biocatalysts in immobilised form. The planned tailor-made incorporation of biocatalysts into reaction sequences will allow the avoidance of steps for isolation and purification of intermediates, leading to a significant improvement of the ecological footprint of catalytic processes. The main goal of INTERfaces is to develop "Heterogeneous Biocatalytic Reaction Cascades", which will greatly facilitate the reuse of catalysts and further simplify further processing.

The INTERfaces programme will train 14 ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) in an European Industrial Doctorate (EID) network formed jointly by European partners from academia and industry for innovative research projects to develop clean bioprocesses for the production of chemicals. INTERfaces combines materials science and protein engineering to develop tailor-made enzymes and (bio-based) materials that complement each other to obtain optimised heterogeneous biocatalysts.

Your Tasks

For the position at Bielefeld University, we are looking for an excellent candidate for the following research topics and tasks (100 %), which will be carried out together with the industrial project partner AENEAM Advanced Membrane Technologies SL:

  • development of tailor-made one-pot processes based on the use of heterogenised chemo- and biocatalysts
  • investigation and optimisation of highly functionalised ceramic-based membranes
  • participation in training events and workshops organised by the ITN-EID
  • preparation of doctoral thesis in the above-named field and dissemination of results of your PhD project through appropriate outreach activities and in the context of other scientific forums

The above-mentioned tasks will be carried out temporarily within the framework of a secondment to the above-mentioned project partner in Spain. The employment is conducive to scientific qualification.

We offer

  • salary according to Remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • fixed-term (limited until 31.12.2023); a continued employment with a scope of 50 % up to a duration of 3 years is aspired (§ 2 (1) sentence 1 of the WissZeitVG; in accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases)
  • fulltime
  • internal and external training opportunities
  • wide range of health, consulting and prevention service
  • reconcilability of family and working life
  • flexible working hours
  • job ticket for regional public transport network
  • supplementary company pension
  • collegial working environment
  • open and pleasant working atmosphere
  • exciting, varied tasks

As the position is funded by third parties, the following requirements set by the funders have to be considered: The position is open to applicants if they meet the requirements set for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions:

  • Candidates who have already obtained a doctorate or have more than four years of research activity (from the date on which they obtained a university degree granting them access to doctoral studies) are not eligible.
  • Researchers must not have lived in Germany for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the hiring date or must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, study, etc.) in Germany. Excepted from this except are short stays such as holidays or compulsory activities in Germany.

More Information

Benefits

  • salary according to Remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • fixed-term (limited until 31.12.2023); a continued employment with a scope of 50 % up to a duration of 3 years is aspired (§ 2 (1) sentence 1 of the WissZeitVG; in accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases)
  • fulltime
  • internal and external training opportunities
  • wide range of health, consulting and prevention service
  • reconcilability of family and working life
  • flexible working hours
  • job ticket for regional public transport network
  • supplementary company pension
  • collegial working environment
  • open and pleasant working atmosphere
  • exciting, varied tasks

Eligibility criteria

  • Eligible as a graduate student at Bielefeld University, Germany,
  • At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have resided (or carried out his/her main activity e.g. work, studies, etc.) in Germany, for more than 12 months in the last three years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date,
  • at start of recruitment the degree achieved qualifying for the start of PhD studies should not be older than 3 years
  • No previously completed PhD

Selection process

We are looking forward to receiving your application in English. Please hand in the following required documents:

  1. completed application form,
  2. curriculum vitae with relevant knowledge,
  3. experience and list of publications,
  4. letter of motivation (1 page),
  5. certificates and transcripts from the university: Bachelor's and Master's degrees. For EU countries, the Diploma Supplement is recommended (see here: https://education.ec.europa.eu/levels/higher-education/inclusion-connectivity/diploma-supplement).
  6. certificate for obtaining university entrance qualification,
  7. names and contact details of three referees who are willing to write confidential letters of recommendation.

For full consideration, your application should be received via either email (a single PDF document is required) sent to harald.groeger@uni-bielefeld.de or post (Universität Bielefeld, Faculty of Chemistry, Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger, Postfach 10 01 31, 33501 Bielefeld). Please mark your application with the identification code: Wiss22287. Please note that the possibility of privacy breaches and unauthorized access by third parties cannot be excluded when communicating via unencrypted e-mail. For Information on the processing of personal data click here.

application deadline: 20.04.2022

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

We expect

  • outstanding relevant university degree (e. g. Master) in chemistry, biochemistry, Biosciences, Molecular Sciences or related disciplines
  • profound knowledge and practical experience in synthetic organic chemistry, documented, for example, in the context of a Master's thesis or publication
  • profound knowledge and practical experience in enzyme catalysis, documented for example in the context of a Master's thesis or publication
  • practical experience in analytical methods (NMR spectroscopy; chromatographic methods: HPLC and / or GC)
  • good skills in writing scientific contributions (reports, manuscripts)
  • team-oriented and cooperative working style
  • motivation and ability to spend several months at the industrial project partner AENEAM Advanced Membrane Technologies SA in Spain
  • motivation and ability to participate in training events and workshops organised by ITN-EID and workshops
  • motivation and ability to present scientific results at conferences and to publish them in scientific journals and to communicate the results of your own doctoral project through public to disseminate further through public engagement and other scientific platforms
  • excellent knowledge of English (written and oral)

Preferred experience and skills

  • knowledge and practical experience in enzyme immobilisation
  • knowledge and practical experience in membrane technology, especially with regard to ceramic membranes
  • knowledge and practical experience in flow chemistry, in particular with heterogenised catalysts
  • experience in working in interdisciplinary project teams
  • knowledge of German or Spanish

Specific Requirements

  • Eligible as a graduate student at Bielefeld University, Germany,
  • At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have resided (or carried out his/her main activity e.g. work, studies, etc.) in Germany, for more than 12 months in the last three years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date,
  • at start of recruitment the degree achieved qualifying for the start of PhD studies should not be older than 3 years 
  • No previously completed PhD

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Bielefeld University
Germany
Bielefeld
33501
Postfach 10 01 31

EURAXESS offer ID: 765785

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