Open Positions 

Prospective future lab members are always invited to inquire informally about open positions (see below for more details)

We currently have an opening for a PhD position through the IMPRS of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena - for more and information and formal applications, go to the IMPRS portal (application deadline April 19th) 

  •  We are always looking for new colleagues (PhD/Postdoc) with an interest in (membrane) protein structural dynamics and intrinsically disordered proteins in human (patho)physiology, neglected tropical diseases and microbial communication! We are looking forward to hearing from you! Even if we don't have openings, we are always happy to discuss other options such as fellowship applications and we will support you in such endeavors.
  • We welcome applications from Master and Bachelor students and interns who are interested in our research projects at the intersection of structural biology, chemistry, biophysics, and cell biology. Our lab has previously hosted a number of DAAD, Erasmus, and Fulbright fellows, and we welcome international students to join us! You will have the opportunity to work with intricate proteins, employ a range of biochemical and biophysical methods to investigate their structure and function as part of a wonderful, enthusiastic, international team of researchers! Get in touch to learn more or check out our research page!

We are always looking for enthusiastic researchers to join our lab 
as interns, for a Bachelor/Master thesis or for a PhD or Postdoc! 

Potential PhD students and postdocs – you can always inquire informally about open positions. For formal applications, please send us a CV, a statement containing your previous research experience and research interests and the contact information of at least two references. Application to fellowships is highly encouraged and we will support you in this endeavor.

If  you share our love for science in general and membrane proteins, neglected tropical diseases or microbial communicati in particular, please get in touch with us! When contacting us, it is helpful to have an idea what you hope to learn and which project area you are most interested in. We accommodate such wishes as much as possible.

What you need to know

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We are always interested in enthusiastic Master and Bachelor students as well as interns, both from Jena and further away. If  you share our love for science in general and membrane proteins in particular, please get in touch with us! When contacting us, it is helpful to have an idea what you hope to learn and which project area you are most interested in. We try to accommodate such wishes as much as possible.

Students interested in working with us can inquire at any time about openings. Please send a letter of motivation pointing out what you would like to gain from your time with us, your research interests, your CV including any previous research experience and (for MSc students) a short summary of your BSc thesis ahead of time. Please note that since we have many requests for BSc theses, we kindly ask you to apply as early as possible. 


Potential PhD students and postdocs – you can always inquire informally about open positions. For formal applications, please send a CV, a statement containing your previous research experience and research interests and the contact information of at least two references. Application to fellowships is highly encouraged and we will support you in this endeavor.

What we offer/What we expect

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You will join a young group with a great community spirit and very fun and enthusiastic people (check out the rest of our homepage for a glance at all the things we do in and out of the lab). During your BSc/MSc thesis or internship, you will be supervised by a PhD student or Postdoc. We take mentoring very seriously, however, we also want you to take ownership of your project, so we expect you to work independently as well. You will be thoroughly trained in protein biochemistry, and you will have the opportunity to carry out a large number of biochemical and biophysical techniques. We want to make sure you get the most out of your thesis and that you experience first-hand how much fun it is to do science! 


What we expect: You are currently in a BSc or MSc program in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biology or a related discipline. You are independent, a critical thinker and you just really enjoy doing science. You have an interest in structural biology, (membrane) proteins and/or host-pathogen interactions and you can communicate in English.

Prospective PhD students/postdocs: We want you to be as passionate about your research as we are and to really enjoy the experience, so we want you to actively contribute to the development of your project and the group from the very beginning. We are very collaborative (science is a team sport, afterall!) and always open to explore new avenues, so if you play well with others and have an adventurous spark, we would be very happy to get to know you!

Why come to Jena? 

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Probably for the same reasons we chose this beautiful place: a vibrant city in the centre of Germany: a university with a loooong tradition (founded 1558!), enthusiastic and bright students, a highly collaborative and supportive environment (see e.g. the Cluster of Excellence and the Jena School for Microbial Communication), countless opportunities to learn about top-notch research, to collaborate and to apply state of the art methods and technology... we think you will really like it here!

If you aren't sure yet, check out this cool video explaining why Chemistry in Jena is the right thing for you! 

We are always interested in applications from researchers with an interest in structural biology, in particular integrated approaches with a focus on NMR spectroscopy. 

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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Institute of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry
Cluster of Excellence "Balance of the Microverse"

Beutenberg Labs:
Bioinstrumentezentrum (BIZ)
Modul 2, Ebene 4
Winzerlaer Str. 2, 07745 Jena

IOMC Labs:
K018/19
Humboldtstrasse 10, 07743 Jena