PhD Position in Development of New Hybrid Protein-Metal Complexes for Energy Applications
Technical University of Munich Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials

PhD Position for the Development of New Hybrid Protein-Metal Complexes for Energy Applications

21.12.2020, Wissenschaftliches Personal

Are you passionate about innovation?; Do you love to develop applied science with environmental impact?; Do you use multidisciplinary thinking to solve professional questions?; Are you able to appreciate the beauty of nature’s answers to its many challenges?; Would you like to innovate in an international and highly collaborative environment? Then the Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials (BFM) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is the perfect place for your future. BFM offers state-of-the-art infrastructure comprising three inter-disciplinary and inter-connected laboratories focused on the synthesis and engineering of biogenic and sustainable photo- electro-active materials, mechanical/spectroscopic/electrochemical characterizations, and the engineering of lighting and photovoltaic devices with researchers from around the world. We are located at the young TUM Campus Straubing, aiming to become the European leader in developing sustainable technologies and their economic implementation. Learn from Biology, think like a Chemist, and handle like an Engineer…are you ready?


Fluorescent protein-based bio-phosphors applied as color converters are considered front-runners in sustainable lighting and photovoltaics. Although many proteins function as ligand binders (e.g., heme biding for oxygen transport or chlorophyll-binding for energy capture), most of the proteins do not feature photo-electro functionalities required for energy applications. We are looking for an individual with initiative and motivation to start her/his career in a new and dynamic chair at TUM. The candidate will develop new protein scaffolds to bind synthetic compounds and optimize their performance/stability as photo and electro converting materials. The workflow will span from proteinengineering over photo-physical/electrochemical and structural characterization to lighting devices. Hence, the position is an exciting interface between protein-engineering, photo-physical chemistry, and material science.


The successful applicant must have the following:

• High motivation and commitment to scientific excellence

• Master Degree/(10 semester diploma) in biochemistry/biotechnology/chemistry/materials science or related disciplines

• Experience in molecular cloning (primer design, PCR, etc.) and in chemistry for ligand binding. Experience with protein or enzyme structure activity relationship or organometallics for biological applications

• Basic knowledge of computational protein analysis, photophysics, and lighting will be welcome

• Interest in photo-physical chemistry, spectroscopy and material science will be welcome

• Team player skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment

• Excellent command of the English language (fully fluent in writing and speech). No knowledge of German is totally fine (free lessons will be provided)


We offer a deep immersion in bio-based energy technologies; the candidate will learn and live the translational perspective of designing biomaterials for sustainable energy-related applications every day.

TUM offers a wide variety of inspiring and challenging Ph.D. programs, which will supplement the research training with outstanding opportunities for career development, continued education, and life-long learning.

Situated on the Bavarian forest gate, Straubing, the old ducal town on the Danube, is the intellectual hub for renewable raw materials and technologies for sustainability in Germany. Straubing, although small in the number of inhabitants, offers everything you need for a successful Ph.D., including a diverse selection of taverns, cafés, and beer gardens. TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability offers scientific and academic excellence in a student-friendly and fresh environment.

The successful applicant will hold a 3-year contract with the possibility to expand it up to 1 year. We offer a competitive salary and benefits depending on work experience and seniority in accordance with the public service wage agreement of the Free State of Bavaria - TV-L E13 (50-65%). As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages applications from women and all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.


We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application including your letter of motivation (1 page), CV (including complete contact information for two references) and academic transcripts of records in English in a single PDF file, via email to . Please indicate only “PhD PE 03” in the subject line.

The position will be open until the candidate is selected. Publication date: 21.12.2020

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Juan Pablo Fuenzalida Werner

Untergruppenleiter Optoelectronics Protein Development

In the Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials, Prof. Dr. Rubén D. Costa

TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability


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