PhD Position in Structural Biology

We are looking to recruit a PhD student to join our laboratory at the Department of Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany.
Our laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms underlying the architecture, stress response, adaptation and disease process of striated muscle. The focus of this PhD project will be on understanding the assembly and regulation of cytoskeletal signalling nodes in the sarcomere. We apply an integrative structural biology approach that combines molecular engineering, biophysics, structural elucidation by X-ray crystallography, and computer simulations as main methods. In addition, the selected PhD candidate will have the opportunity to become acquainted with a rich spectrum of methodologies through the highly collaborative, dynamic and interdisciplinary scientific environment of our department.

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in the life sciences, chemistry, or a related discipline, and be interested in learning methodologies in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology. The desire to understand and discover the mechanisms of macromolecules that underpin the function of the living cell is expected. Basic experience in molecular biology or protein expression and purification would be an asset. Good command of written and spoken English and self-initiative are required.

Applications should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  1. Applicant’s CV
  2. Copies of original degree transcripts displaying marks obtained
  3. Short statement of motivation for pursuing PhD studies in molecular sciences
  4. Contact details of two referees

Informal enquiries and application materials should be submitted by email to:

The position is now available. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Prof. Olga Mayans
Biophysics and Structural Biology
Dept of Biology
University of Konstanz
D-78457 Konstanz,
Tel: +49 7531 88-2212