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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Fachbereich Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie - Fachbereichsbibliothek Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie - Graduiertenkolleg GRK 2662

Within the framework of the International Graduate School GRK2662 "Charging into the future: understanding the interaction of polyelectrolytes with biosystems", positions for PhD students in the fields of organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry are advertised. 

The overarching aim of GRK2662 is to better understand the molecular interactions between polyelectrolytes such as DNA, proteins or heparin with complex biological systems and to develop a quantitative understanding of the underlying binding forces. Key to this is an established partnership between researchers at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), McGill University, Montréal, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada), who share complementary expertise. Research at Freie Universität focuses primarily on fundamental physics and chemistry, whereas the expertise on the Canadian side is more application-oriented and addresses issues with direct pharmaceutical relevance.

The International Research Training Group GRK2662 offers

  • PhD positions with a duration of three years,

  • a structured scientific training in an international research environment, including participation in a wide range of research-specific and career-development training events,

  • integration into an interdisciplinary international research network,

  • the opportunity for research stays in the laboratories of the Canadian partner institutions.

Research assistant (Praedoc) (m/f/d)

with 65% part-time job

Work­ing field:

The PhD studies will be carried out under the supervision of GRK2662-associated project leaders in corresponding subprojects. For information, please visit


  • Master's degree or diploma in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics or related subjects.
  • Very good academic education

  • High motivation to conduct independent scientific work

  • Very good English skills both written and spoken

How to ap­ply:

We look forward to receiving your application, which should include the following documents:

  • A one-page motivation letter with details of previous research experience and future goals (with mentioning of up to 2 subprojects in which the research activity could be carried out).

  • Your curriculum vitae (with list of publications, if applicable),

  • Evidence of your academic achievements including copies of your Bachelor's and Master's or Diploma degrees,

  • At least two letters of support.

Applicants must meet the requirements that qualify them for admission to a doctoral program at the respective institute. Students are selected on the basis of their past performance and academic credentials. In addition, applicants should have a solid command of the English language.

For further information, please contact Mrs. Anna Wolf ( / +49-30-838-68438).

All application quoting the reference code should be addressed as an e-mail no later than September 27th, 2021 to Mrs. Anna Wolf:
On the given occasion and for the duration of the essential on-site operations by Freie Universität Berlin, we kindly ask you to apply electronically by e-mail. The processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed.

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie
Fachbereichsbibliothek Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie
GRK 2662
Mrs. Anna Wolf
Takustr. 3
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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