Jobs in Structural Biology and Related Fields

Scientist / Protein Crystallographer

Marburg, Germany
Application deadline: 14 Jun 2013

The Philipps  University  of  Marburg  and  the  Max Planck Institute for  Terrestrial Microbiology have recently  established  the   center  for   Synthetic Microbiology, SYNMIKRO ( Supported by the state of Hessen within its excellence program LOEWE, the more than 30 research groups in  SYNMIKRO focus on basic aspects  of synthetic biology on  all levels  of  microbial  function, ranging  from  the development of regulatory  circuits, genetic  codes, and metabolic  pathways  to the  synthesis  of  new minimal  cells   and   microbial   communities.   To strengthen its activities in  structural  biology, SYNMIKRO seeks a:

Scientist / Protein Crystallographer

for  its  automated  crystallization  facility   for biological macromolecules (MarXtal). The position is available from now on for initially up to 31/12/2015 and will offer the possibility of further scientific qualification in the frame  of the assigned  duties.
Salary  and  benefits  are  according  to  a  public service position of the state of Hessen (TV-H E 13).

We provide support by a technician and encourage the development  of   independent   research  projects. SYNMIKRO     offers     an     international     and interdisciplinary environment at the intersection of the   Max   Planck    Institute   for    Terrestrial Microbiology,  the   LOEWE Center  for   Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO) and the  Philipps-University of  Marburg  with  over 30  research  groups.   The beautiful and green  city of Marburg  offers a  high quality of living in the heart of Germany.


For  more  information  please  contact  Dr.   Simon Jörres (

We support  women and  particularly invite  them  to apply. Applicants with  children are  welcome - the Philipps  University  is   certified  as  a   family friendly university.  Sharing a  full-time position (§ 8 Abs. 2 Satz 1 HGLG) as well as a reduction  of working  time   is  possible. Applicants with   a disability as described  in SGB IX  (§2 Abs. 2,  3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications.

As the documents will not  be returned after end  of the  selection   procedure,  please   do  not send originals. Application and  travel expenses as  well as interview costs cannot be refunded.

Please send your application mentioning the registration number ZE-0035-synmikro-wmz-2013 and including a cover letter, CV, publication list, contact data of three referees and copies of relevant documents as one single PDF file to: or postal to: LOEWE Center for Synthetic Microbiology, Hans-Meerwein-Strasse 6, 35032 Marburg. Application deadline is June, 14th, 2013.

The position  requires a  PhD degree  in biology  or biochemistry. Candidates document their expertise in protein biochemistry and their profound knowledge in crystallization and protein structure determination by X-ray crystallography. 

Experience in  laboratory robotics or  usage  of  synchrotron sources  is  an advantage.