Doctoral Positions in chemistry, biology and biotechnology Germany

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) Selectivity in Chemo– and Biocatalysis (SeleCa) is an international and interdisciplinary program, providing research opportunities for chemo- and biocatalysis.Research groups at RWTH Aachen University, Research Center Juelich and Osaka University in Japan cooperate within the areas of chemo-and biocatalysis to offer an educational platform for selected graduate students. The German Research Foundation (DFG) as well as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) both approved the extension of the IRTG until 2019. Information on current and future projects as well as on updates concerning the qualification program will be provided soon on the homepage:

Your profile: Excellent and speedy undergraduate studies (considering child caring periods) are required, preferably in the area of chemistry, chemical engineering, or biology. Applicants must have a university degree (master or equivalent). We expect a desire to work within an interdisciplinary and international environment, especially since this program includes a training period in Japan.

Your duties: Doctoral candidates will carry out research in the areas of chemocatalysis (metal-, organoand supramolecular catalysis), biocatalysis (enzyme and whole cell catalysis) as well as combined chemo- and biocatalysis. Within each project, selectivity aspects are studied involving strong interdisciplinary cooperation between chemo- and biocatalysis as well as bilateral contacts between Aachen and Osaka. Successful applicants will take part in organizational duties as well as cross-cultural training. Our offer: The position is for 3 years and is to be filled as soon as possible.

The salary corresponds to level TV-L E13. The successful candidates will participate in a doctoral program that involves interdisciplinary research, personal exchange with Osaka University, mentoring by two supervisors. With this program, we offer further qualification measures such as workshops and courses on intercultural communication. RWTH Aachen University is certified as a “Family-Friendly University”. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University.

The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit. Your contact person: For further information, please contact Dr. Thomas P. Spaniol Tel.: +49-241-8099664 Fax: +49-241-8092644 e-mail: or Gwenda Golm Tel.:+49-241-8094646 Fax: +49-241-8092074


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Please send your application by August 31, 2015 including a CV, a letter of motivation, transcripts of degree certificates and the names of three referees to: Institute of Inorganic Chemistry Dr. Thomas P. Spaniol Landoltweg 1, 52074 Aachen, Germany or via e-mail to: Applications by e-mail are questionable from a data protection point of view.

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