PhD position for characterizing stress-induced signal transduction in Chlamydomonas in the Hemschemeier group

The work group Photobiotechnology at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, is looking for a motivated doctoral candidate (m/f/d) for a project on nitric oxide- (NO-) based signal transduction in Chlamydomonas. Our group studies the acclimation of this microalga to stress conditions, hypoxia in particular. The imminent climate change is likely to cause extreme weather conditions more frequently, and the way plants and algae can deal with this will be of utmost importance for the ecosystem Earth. This project aims at unravelling stress-induced signal transduction pathways in Chlamydomonas. We aim to characterize heme-binding proteins (hemoglobins and NO-sensitive guanylate cyclases) with a focus on NO-relevant reactions on the biochemical, biophysical and physiological level. For the latter, interaction partners are to be identified and mutant strains generated through the CRISPR/Cas technology. An association with the Research Training Group “Microbial substrate conversion (MiCon)” ( is planned. For more information about our work group, please visit our web page at

We offer a future-oriented, internationally integrated project, optimal supervision and a friendly team. Applicants must have a Master of Science degree in Biology or Biochemistry and should be experienced in molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology. We take it as a given that you are enthusiastic and a team player and that you enjoy international journeys and interdisciplinary work. Please sent your application in a single pdf file to Anja Hemschemeier ( by December 7th, 2020.

PD Dr. Anja Hemschemeier
Ruhr University Bochum
Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
Phone: +49(0)234-32 23830