registration number: fb16-0028-wmz-2023


Entry date:
as soon as possible


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


2 years


Volume of employment:

The University of Marburg, founded in 1527, offers a variety of excellent programs of study for around 22,000 students and confronts the important topics of our time through excellent research across a broad spectrum of sciences.

The Department of Pharmacy, Insitute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, research group RNA biochemistry is currently accepting applications for a

Research Assistant (Postdoc)

The position is offered for a period of two years, if no former times of qualification must be considered. The starting date is as soon as possible. The position is fulltime with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13, 100 %).

We are looking for motivated, committed individuals to work in a creative and open research environment.


  • scientific services in research and teaching, in particular participation in a project for the identification and characterization of viral RNA structures
  • structural analysis of viral RNAs by structural probing (e.g., SHAPE, SPLASH)
  • characterization of the interactome of viral RNAs (viral and host cell proteins)
  • establishment of reporter gene assays to study the function of viral RNA structures (e.g., translation, RNA stability, replication, packaging)
  • Characterization of small molecule ligands as potential RNA inhibitors

The position will be filled by a temporary contract that is limited to the period which is necessary to gain further scientific expertise (such as the preparation for a subsequent qualification period). Within the entrusted tasks the opportunity for independent scientific work to obtain further personal qualification is given. The limitation of the contract complies to § 2 Abs. 1 WissZeitVG.


  • completed scientific university studies (diploma, master's degree or comparable) in biology, biochemistry, pharmacy or a related subject in the life and natural sciences
  • Doctoral degree or evidence of a doctoral degree that is already close to completion in the field of molecular biology or biochemistry
  • highly motivated individuals who enjoy working as part of a team
  • practical experience in biochemistry and/or molecular biology and a strong interest in scientific research questions
  • previous experience in analyzing RNA structures, performing reporter gene assays in cell culture, applying and evaluating high-throughput sequencing methods, and/or characterizing RNA-protein interactions is an advantage
  • bioinformatics skills are also an advantage
  • excellent knowledge of English

Disposition to own scientific qualification is expected.

Contact for more Information

Prof. Dr. Julia Weigand

+49 6421-28 25807


We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. Sharing a full-time position (§ 8 Abs. 2 S. 1 HGlG) as well as a reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs can not be refunded.

Please apply by December 10th, 2023 using the application button below.

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