The Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC-CSIC) is looking for a PhD Student for a ITN- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions CC-TOP grant, on C-C Bond Formation by Top Performing Enzymes. The PhD candidate will join an ongoing project, focused on synthesis of metal ligands and their metalation, to be used as artificial cofactors into the protein scaffold, expression and production of the protein scaffold and attachment of the artificial cofactor into its cavity evaluation of the artificial metalolyases in C-C bond formation, including the synthesis of non-commercial substrates and optimization of the activity and selectivity of selected candidates by directed evolution techniques.

Qualifications and competences

  • The applicant should have completed at least four or five years education with a Master’s degree or Diploma in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biotechnology and should be eligible as graduate student at the University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • The applicant should have some hands-on research experience in the following areas: biocatalysis, molecular biology, organic synthesis, microbiology, instrumental analytics (HPLC, GC, NMR, MS…) or related fields.
  • The applicant should show interest in conducting a research project independently and should enjoy the work in an international, interdisciplinary environment.
  • The applicant should have an excellent command of the English language at a proficient level (spoken and written), a high level of commitment and a drive to excel.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To qualify for this position, the applicant must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research career. This is calculated from the date they obtained a qualification (Masters or equivalent) allowing them to embark on a doctorate.
  • At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have resided (or carried out his/her main activity e.g. work, studies, etc.) in Spain, for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date.

Working conditions

  • Contract duration: 36 month
  • Target start date: Immediate incorporation after selection

How to apply?

Those interested must send a letter of motivation including a 1-page statement of your research interests, relevant skills and experience, a CV including publication list, and names and contact details of two to three referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation. All materials should be attached as a single PDF file (max. size 5MB) to Professor Pere Clapés pere.clapes@iqac.csic.es; Ms Agapi Theodoridou (Project manager): agapi@cc-top-itn.eu and Prof. Wolf-Dieter Fessner (coordinator of the CC-Top): wolf-dieter.fessner@tu-darmstadt.de

PhD Job Offer

Deadline: 15th March 2022