Research Assistant in Structural Biology (Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 100 %)

he Centre for Biomolecular Drug Research at the Leibniz Universität Hannover invites applications for a

Research Assistant in Structural Biology

(Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 100 %)

starting as soon as possible. The position is full-time and limited to three years.

The successful candidate will work in the NMR-based Structural Chemistry group of Prof. Teresa Carlomagno. The group studies RNA–protein complexes involved in RNA metabolism and enzymatically active protein–protein complexes. We combine multiple structural biology techniques, including NMR spectroscopy (both solution- and solid-state), X-ray crystallography, EPR, SAXS, SANS and mass spectrometry, to solve the active structures of large and dynamic biomolecular complexes.


The post-holder will participate to research in the Carlomagno group, depending on her/his scientific background. Available research projects include investigation of the structure and activity mechanisms of protein complexes involved in the regulation of gene expression, in protein homeostasis and in the synthesis of bioactive natural products in microorganisms.

In addition, the post-holder will:

  • participate in conceiving and writing new grant proposals
  • write scientific publications and scientific reports for existing third-party financed projects
  • explore the feasibility and impact of new scientific projects on the basis of available literature
  • prepare material for outreaching activities


Facilities & instrumentation

The Carlomagno group has access to laboratory space and instrumentation both at the Centre for Biomolecular Drug Research (BMWZ) of the Leibniz Universität Hannover and at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig. The NMR laboratory at the BMWZ comprises an 850-MHz spectrometer equipped with a solution-state HCN He-cooled probe and a 600-MHz NMR spectrometer equipped with solution-state HCN N2-cooled and HPCN room-temperature probes and a solid-state HCN MAS probe. The BMWZ offers fully equipped laboratories for molecular biology, cell biology and biophysical measurements. In addition, the group has exclusive access to a 600-MHz spectrometer at the HZI, equipped with solution-state HCN He-cooled and solid-state HCN MAS probes. The group also has access to the crystallization facilities at the HZI.

Qualifications & experience

The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, physics or a related field. A Ph.D. title is highly desirable. In addition, she/he will have a solid record in structural biology in an international competitive environment.

Strong organizational, communication and writing skills and a broad interest for interdisciplinary science are essential. Excellent knowledge of both German and English are required.

Part-time employment can be arranged on request.

As an equal opportunities employer, Leibniz Universität Hannover intends to promote women and men in the context of statutory requirements. For this reason suitably qualified women are specifically invited to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preferential treatment.

To apply, please email before a cover letter, CV (in English) and contact information of three professional referees by November 30th, 2017 to


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Biomolekulares Wirkstoffzentrum (BMWZ)
Schneiderberg 38
30167 Hannover

Informal enquires are welcomed and can also be directed to the above mentioned email address of Prof. Teresa Carlomagno.