PhD-thesis in (bio)organic chemistry


Stellenangebot vom 25. April 2018

The “Synthetic Plant Carbohydrates” Group at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm is looking for a motivated and ambitious candidate for a fully funded PhD-student position. We are a young Emmy Noether research group working on the chemical biology of carbohydrates, with a particular focus on plant glycans. Carbohydrates are the predominant component of biomass on earth as they are an integral part of all living species, including plants, animals, and bacteria. Carbohydrates have important structural and functional roles in biology but remain, in contrast to the other two main classes of biopolymers, oligonucleotides and proteins, relatively poorly understood. Access to pure glycans for structural and biological studies has been very difficult due to their high molecular complexity.

The PhD-project will deal with the chemical synthesis of glycans for biological studies. Our group is embedded in the Department of Biomolecular Systems (Director: Prof. Peter H. Seeberger) with outstanding competence in glycoscience, providing the opportunity to benefit from the experience and equipment of a large researcher community.

What is expected? Expected are strong experimental skills in synthetic organic chemistry, high motivation, and enjoyment of research. A basic understanding of carbohydrates and their chemistry is recommended. Confidence in spoken and written English is a requirement.

Contact:Please submit your electronic application to Dr. Fabian Pfrengle () comprising a curriculum vitae and your BSc and MSc certificates (or transcript of your current Master studies).

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