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The Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology (IMMB) in the Faculty of Biology at the  University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill two positions of


Postdoctoral Research Associates
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E 13, 100%)


at the earliest possible date. We are offering the two fixed-term full-time positions for three years.


Your tasks:
The ERC Synergy project “Archean Park – Relicts of Ancient Cellular Biochemistry in High-CO2 Subsurface Ecosystems” seeks for two postdocs in microbial biochemistry at the group Diversity of Microbial Metabolism led by Prof. Ivan Berg at the Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Münster. This interdisciplinary project will explore metabolism of deep biosphere microbes living at high-CO2 conditions. You will work in close collaboration with our partners in the Archean Park project, the Hinrichs lab at MARUM Bremen, the Probst lab at the University Duisburg-Essen, and the Kallmeyer lab at GFZ Potsdam, and participate in joint meetingsand research expeditions to drilling sites. You will study metabolism of different extremophilic bacteria and archaea using modern biochemical and microbiological methods and cultivate novel microbes. You will provide students working on the project with subject-related expertise and instruct on the application of scientific methods.


Our expectations:

  • A PhD in microbiology, biochemistry, geomicrobiology or another closely related discipline is required
  • Demonstrable knowledge in the field of microbial metabolism
  • Experience with basic laboratory techniques, molecular cloning and protein biochemistry
  • Experience with liquid chromatography and gas chromatography is desirable
  • Experience handling bioreactors, extremophilic microorganisms and anaerobes is an advantage
  • A secure knowledge of spoken and written English
  • Ability to work in a team, communication skills, organizational skills and independent working style
  • Solid track record of publications in peer-reviewed international journals as appropriate for the career stage
  • Excellent time management skills would be welcomed


Advantages for you:

  • Work on an exciting, highly interdisciplinary cutting-edge project
  • Possibility to become integrated into broader networks within the University of Münster
  • Appreciation, commitment, openness and respect – values which are important to us
  • If you have family members or young children in your care, our Family Service Office offers concrete support to help you balance your private and professional responsibilities
  • As an educational institution, we are deeply committed to offering occupational training and continuing education opportunities tailored to your individual needs


The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions. Part time options are generally available.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

For further information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Ivan Berg (phone: +49 251 83 39825).

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your meaningful application by 15 March 2024 with the usual documents (motivation letter, CV, contact details of two referees) by email to: (please combine all documents into a single PDF file; please note that  we cannot consider other file formats).

University of Münster
Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
Prof. Dr. Ivan Berg
Corrensstraße 3
48149 Münster, Germany
Link Berg lab: