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            Post-Docs, PhD candidates and Master Students!

Open call for a PhD Position

PMWS-P6: Hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks biocomposites

Project leaders: Paolo Falcaro, Bernd Nidetzky

Short description: The project aims at the development of a new class of biocomposites based on enzymes and hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks (HOFs). These biocatalysts will be further engineered to facilitate their recycling and device integration. The PhD student will explore different strategies for the preparation of enzyme-HOF composites with high activity and stability, and will perform in depth characterization and application studies of the promising catalysts. The 3-year PhD project is framed within and financed from the TU Graz Lead Project Porous Materials@Work for Sustainability.

Starting date: October/November 2022

The contract: 36 months contract with a 30h per week employment, starting at the earliest on October 1st, 2022. We offer a monthly gross salary of € 2,300.30 (pre tax; 14 times per year) in accord with the PhD salaries lined out by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The working language of the project is English. An initial probationary period could be part of the contract.

Required qualifications:

  • Finished Master study in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Material Science or Biotechnology
  • Interest in research at the interface of biochemical and material sciences
  • Strong background in the study/characterization of proteins and/or materials would be an advantage

Please send applications to both paolo.falcaronoSpam@tugraz.at and bernd.nidetzkynoSpam@tugraz.at. The email must quote the position identification PMWS-P6 and should contain a CV, a motivation letter and contact details of two reference persons including the advisor of the Master thesis. Applicants are encouraged to optionally attach their publications or presentations at conferences in English language if they are available.

For further information about HOFs biocomposites, please take a look to these publications:

Wied, P., Carraro, F., Bolivar, J..M., Doonan, C..J., Falcaro, P. and Nidetzky, B. Combining Genetically Engineered Oxidase with Hydrogen Bonded Organic Framework (HOF) for Highly Efficient Biocomposites, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022 doi.org/10.1002/anie.202117345

W. Liang, P. Wied, F. Carraro, C. J. Sumby, B. Nidetzky, C.-K. Tsung, P. Falcaro, C. J. Doonan MetalOrganic Framework-Based Enzyme Biocomposites Chemical Reviews 2021, 121, 3, 1077–1129. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.0c01029

Liang, W.; Carraro, F.; Solomon, M. B.; Bell, S. G.; Amenitsch, H.; Sumby, C. J.; White, N. G.; Falcaro, P.; Doonan, C. J. Enzyme Encapsulation in a Porous Hydrogen-Bonded Organic Framework.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 36, 14298-14305. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b06589

PhD Positions

We are currently looking for PhD students to address exciting challenges in the field of nano-porous functional materials.

Prospective postdoctoral fellows

Prospective postdoctoral fellows should consider applying for various suitable fellowships:

EU residents - Marie Curie Fellowship

UK residents - Royal Society Fellowships

Japan - JSPS Fellowships

USA - National Science Foundation Fellowships

Master Theses

Several Master Theses are currently available in porous crystals and bio-composites. Students are encouraged to contact Prof. Falcaro for additional information.