PhD Position in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Freiburg



The Research Training Group ( focuses on the diversity of cofactors in enzymes with different projects reaching from enzymology and mechanism of cofactors and enzymes to their application in medicine and biotechnology.

Currently we have one open position for PhD students starting October 1st, 2019:

P11: Regio- and stereoselective enzymatic oxidative phenol coupling, Prof. Michael Müller, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry

The regio- and stereoselective oxidative phenol coupling is one of the most common reactions in nature. At the same time, the reasons for the selectivities are only partially understood. We have identified CYP 450 enzymes and laccases as regio- and stereoselective oxidases in the biosynthesis of numerous secondary metabolites. The task will be to develop a basic understanding on the molecular level and to characterize the three-dimensional structure of the enzymes. This interdisciplinary project uses analytical, synthetic, biochemical and molecular biological methods.

The three‐year structured program consists of lecture series, PhD seminars, workshops, symposia and retreats. In addition, participants will have the possibility to attend courses for individual need. Successful candidates will be awarded the PhD degree (Dr. rer. nat.). The program is taught in English.


  • excellent graduates in the fields of pharmacy, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology (Master or equivalent)
  • proven interest in one or more of the above indicated research fields
  • highly motivated and committed
  • interested in participating actively in the program of the RTG
  • very good written and spoken English skills 

The following documents are required for your application as PhD student:

  • a cover letter stating your interests and why you want to become part of the RTG, preference for one project and why you think you would fit into this project
  • your curriculum vitae
  • your degree certificates and study transcripts with a description of the grading scheme
  • an abstract (maximum 1 page) of your diploma or master thesis
  • a list of your publications, if available
  • addresses of two potential references and, if available, letters of recommendation
  • a tangible proof of your fluency in English, i.e. certificate (TOEFL, Cambridge certificate, IELTS); German “Abitur” is eligible as proof of fluency in English 

All documents should be provided in English.

The position is limited to 36 months. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.
Please send in a complete and convincing application in English with the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000659, by date 30.09.2019 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
RTG 1976
Dr. Susanne Elfert
Stefan-Meier-Str. 19
79104 Freiburg
E-Mail ( please one PDF file):
For further information, please contact Frau Dr. Susanne Elfert on the phone number +49 761 203-8370 or E-Mail

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