A PhD student position (E13/2) and a postdoc position (E13) will become available for up to 42 months (3.5 years) financed by the EU (final funding approval pending) with preferred starting date March 1st, 2015.

The project deals with protein engineering of lipases to alter their fatty acid selectivity. This includes rational protein design to predict suitable mutations (or alternatively directed evolution), cloning and functional expression of mutants in E. coli or other useful strains, establishment of high-throughput screening methods to be applicable in our robotic platform. Hits must then be fully biochemically characterized, produced on sufficient scale to supply the project partners for larger scale verifications.

Applicants must hold a university degree (M.Sc., diploma) in biochemistry, chemistry, biotechnology or related disciplines. For the postdoc, a PhD degree is required. The candidates must have profound knowledge in protein engineering. Experience in computer modeling, enzymes in lipid modification and/or microbiology/molecular biology are desired.

Applications must be send to Prof. Uwe Bornscheuer at the latest on February 11th, 2015, preferentially by email.


Do not miss the conference "Transam 2.0 - Chiral Amines Through (Bio)Catalysis"

This will take place at our Institute. March 04-06 2015, see website.

We celebrated that Uwe Bornscheuer is now 15 years (!) in Greifswald. Many previous PhD students and postdocs joined the event, picture.

Uwe Bornscheuer received the "Wilhelm-Normann-Medal" of the German Society for Fat Science e.V. (DGF).

Johannes Kabisch started a Junior Research group on "Drop-in Biofuels" funded by the FNR:

Johannes Kabisch (Website, Press release)

Anett Schallmey is now Prof. at the Technical University Braunschweig

Interview with Uwe Bornscheuer published at ChemistryView

We published a review "Engineering the third wave in biocatalysis" in Nature

Two former PhD students are now Junior-Professor:

Robert Kourist (Bochum)

Matthias Höhne (Greifswald)

Author profile:

An author profile about Uwe Bornscheuer has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

Cluster Partner:

Partner in the 'White Biotechnology' cluster 'Biokatalyse2021' funded by the BMBF.


Prof. Dr. Uwe Bornscheuer
Institute of Biochemistry
Dept. of Biotechnology & Enzyme Catalysis
Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 4
D-17487 Greifswald/ Germany

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