PhD position for creating novel biocatalysts for H2 production in the Happe group

The work group Photobiotechnology at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, is looking for a motivated doctoral candidate (m/f/d) for a project focusing on protein engineering and metalloenzyme catalysis of algal proteins. The three-year PhD project will integrate biochemistry, chemistry and biotechnology and aims at designing and characterizing novel biological catalysts for the sustainable production of molecular hydrogen. The imminent climate change requires fundamentally novel concepts for the generation and use of energy forms that do not harm the environment and climate. One promising strategy is the characterization and application of hydrogen producing enzymes (hydrogenases from Chlamydomonas). In order to understand the working principles of these biotechnologically relevant biocatalysts, we apply a multitude of genetic, biochemical and biophysical techniques. For more information about our work group, please visit our web page at

We offer a future-oriented, internationally integrated project which is highly relevant for industrial biotechnology, optimal supervision and a friendly team. The project is funded by the cluster of excellence „RESOLV“ (, thereby offering exceptionally good experimental infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment. Applicants must have a Master of Science degree in Biology, Biochemistry or Biotechnology and should be experienced in molecular biology and biochemistry. 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 Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe ( by December 7th, 2020.

Prof. Dr. T. Happe
AG Photobiotechnologie
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Gebäude: ND Raum: 2/169
Universitätsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Tel: 0234-32 27026