1 PhD position within the project „CATALOX“ - Multistep biocatalytic cascade reactions in continuous flow

Doc.funds are PhD education programs supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF.

The doc.fund program “CATalytic mechanisms and AppLications of OXidoreductases" (CATALOX) is an international and interdisciplinary training program for doctoral students of Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology at the Technical University of Graz and the University of Graz, both Graz, Austria.

CATALOX”  connects  the  mechanistic  understanding  of  redox  enzymes  on  a  molecular  level  with research  on  their  synthetic  application.  Oxidoreductases  are  highly  important  biocatalysts  for  the chemical  and  pharmaceutical  industries.  The  PhD  projects  are  highly  multidisciplinary  between chemistry, biosciences and engineering and cover a wide range of topics from the generation of novel enzyme  activities  by  protein  engineering  to  the  process  intensification  of  multi-enzyme  cascade reactions. Focus of the proposed research projects is on enzymes that utilize NAD(P) coenzymes and heme or flavin cofactors in their reactions.  
Selected PhD students will be in the training program for 3-4 years starting from Oct 1, 2019. The program  includes  a  close  collaboration  to  the  existing  platform  of  the  Austrian  Centre  for  Industrial Biotechnology to discuss the utility of our scientific discoveries for applications. The doc.funds program also offers a broad selection of translational education opportunities and provides graduates with the best education to become leading experts in a knowledge-based society. For detailed information and submission of applications, please visit click here. Selected candidates for doc.fund “CATALOX” will be invited to interview in Graz, Austria, June 12-13, 2019.
Who can apply for admission to the doc.funds CATALOX? We are seeking talented and ambitious young  scientists  who  are  interested  in  pursuing  a  research  career.  Students  of  all  nationalities  are encouraged to apply. The language of instruction is English and applicants are expected to be highly proficient in this language. Applicants should hold a Masters degree (or equivalent degree) in biological sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, biotechnology, or a related discipline including a written Master thesis. Enrollment at the TU Graz and the University of Graz requires that international  students  fulfill  proven  eligibility requirements  for  entering  a PhD program that  normally apply in the country where they completed their Masters education. Candidates will be selected on a competitive basis and will be selected without regard to sex, race or nationality.

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Contact: Heidrun Gruber-Woelfler (woelfler@tugraz.at, 0316 873 30406)

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