PhD student Bioorganic Chemistry

School of Life Sciences FHNW, Institute for Chemistry and Bioanalytics

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Your tasks

Within an interdisciplinary European collaboration, we seek to fill a position for a Doctoral PhD Student. Starting date Fall 2024.

Peptide- and protein-modifications are required for numerous applications ranging from up-cycling protein waste streams to sophisticated applications in biotechnology, medicine and crop protection. The proposed doctoral project will develop and apply methods to selectively functionalize, modify or cleave peptides and proteins by chemical (non-enzymatic) methods, ideally with high yield and selectivity.

  • design and prepare artificial chemical proteases
  • develop protocols to selectively cleave, hydrolyse and modify proteins and peptides
  • analyse and characterize obtained products
The contract will be for three years upon successful completion of the initial first year. You will conduct your research at School of Life Sciences FHNW and are enrolled as a PhD Student at the University of Basel.

Your profile

The successful candidate will

  • have a master degree, expertise and interest in organic chemistry or a related subjects
  • have interest and experience in the application of multiple analytical methods
  • have interest in modern tools for data analysis and interpretation
  • like to work and communicate in a multidisciplinary team locally but also across a multinational consortium
  • be highly motivated and like to work independently
  • will speak English; German is an added benefit

Your prospects:

The FHNW School of Life Sciences offers state-of-the-art technical, laboratory and office facilities. Contributing to the school’s highly motivating working environment – which is second to none – are its collaboration with a large number of companies and institutions in Switzerland and abroad, a widely varied programme of scientific events, and daily contact with young students in research and teaching. The FHNW is also committed to equal opportunities and the compatibility of private and professional life.

Your benefits:


Wide range of university sports

Cultural programme of lectures, concerts, theatre and films

Established implementation of equal pay

Targeted promotion of doctoral projects

Annual working time (42 hours/week) with the option of part-time and teleworking

Mentoring programme for career development

Start Date: per Oct 1, 2024.
Your workplace
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW
Hofackerstrasse 30
4132 Muttenz
Any questions?
About the position:

Sebastian Wendeborn, Head of Institute, Contact: +41 61 228 55 45

About the recruiting process:

Désirée Zoller, HR Manager, Contact: +41 61 228 57 28

Will you soon belong to our team? We look forward to your application (incl. CV, letter of motivation, two reference) before July 31st.
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