Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry for Bioelectrocatalysis

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14.03.2024, Wissenschaftliches Personal
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The Technical University of Munich is located in the south of Germany and is one of the most renowned universities of technology in Germany with top rankings in research and teaching. Our highly qualified students are responsible for our outstanding position as a university that is recognized in the areas of science and engineering.

Our Professorship for "Electrobiotechnology" ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ) concentrates on the development of polymers that serve as multifunctional matrices for redox-active enzymes in bioelectrocatalytic reactions. Our polymers and biocatalysts are at the heart of sustainable energy conversion processes such as in hydrogen fuel cells and electrolyzers. Electrochemistry forms the principal component of assessment of catalytic performance, in applications on sustainability. We work closely with various institutions and companies from all over the world, especially France, Denmark, the UK, and Germany.

Your Profile:

- Master degree in Chemistry - You have experience in organic chemistry - Knowledge/Interest in method development - Knowledge/Interest in electrochemistry - Excellent English speaking and writing skills - No German language skills required, although will be beneficial - Interdisciplinary team working skills with high independence and outstanding academic performance - Hands-on mentality Applicants should submit their CV including A-level (for German applicants), bachelor and master degrees, and a motivation letter detailing their interest and suitability for the position.


You will develop and test novel organic polymers that are compatible with natural enzymes that catalyzes CO2 fixation or H2 production (Check out these references: Nature Catalysis 2021, Vol. 4, p 251-258 ; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, vol. 60, p. 21056 ). Such polymers are designed to be redox-active in order for them to act as mediators of electrons between the electrode and the enzymes. Since enzymes are often too fragile to sustain conditions of an operating electrolyzer, we design the polymeric electron mediators to protect the biocatalyst from oxidative stress and other deactivation processes. These enzyme-polymer systems will then be coupled to microbial organisms, in collaboration with academic and industrial partners in Europe, to achieve sustainable chemical transformations such as H2 evolution and CO2 reduction. The workflow for the project spans from synthetic organic chemistry to electrobiotechnology. Basic experimental skills in synthetic chemistry are mandatory for this position. There is no need for previous experience in polymer synthesis, electrochemistry, or handling of enzymes, but a strong motivation to learn and push the boundaries of our current knowledge further is required. Ability to work in a team is essential. We are looking for an individual with a high willingness to take initiatives and motivation to start their doctoral career at TUM. The PhD work will be conducted in the frame of the EIC Pathfinder project ECOMO

We offer:

TUM offers a wide range of inspiring and challenging Ph.D. programs, which will supplement the research training with outstanding opportunities for career development, continued education, and life-long learning. We offer excellent working conditions in a young and interdisciplinary team. In an open environment, you will have the freedom to develop and realize your own ideas. TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability offers scientific and academic excellence in a student-friendly and fresh environment. The successful applicant will hold a 3-year contract . We offer a competitive salary and benefits depending on work experience and seniority in accordance with the public service wage agreement of the Free State of Bavaria - TV-L E13 (67%) As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages applications from women and all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.

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We look forward to receiving your application via e-mail to (Prof. Nicolas Plumeré) and (Dr. Hemlata Agarwala) . The position will remain open until we find a desirable candidate.

Technical University of Munich (TUM)


Group Director: Prof. Dr. Nicolas Plumeré

Group Leader: Dr. Hemlata Agarwala

Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability

Uferstraße 53, 94315 Straubing, Bavaria, Germany


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Kontakt: (Prof. Nicolas Plumeré); (Dr. Hemlata Agarwala)

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