Applications for a PhD Position (m/f/d) in the group of Jun.-Prof. Martin Weissenborn are invited. The Weissenborn lab is an independent junior research group at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle (Saale), Germany, a member of the Leibniz Association and foundation under public law, located on the Weinberg-Campus of the Martin-Luther-University (MLU) Halle-Wittenberg.

Motivation: You would be part of an interdisciplinary research training group (RTG) which focusses on your education with special seminars for your presentation skills, poster preparation, specific analytical techniques – to name only a few. Furthermore, lab rotation is planned with laboratories in Halle, Zürich and Paris.

In this consortium, we want to engineer enzymes to increase the understanding of multiple interactions in the active site to improve enzyme’s activity and selectivity. Enzymes shall be developed using directed evolution (Nobel Prize 2018).

Who should apply: The Master-thesis should be finalised and should preferably have centred on directed evolution, biochemistry, organic chemistry, high throughput analysis or comparable topics. Fluency in English (both written and spoken) is a prerequisite for the position.
Women are strongly encouraged to submit their applications. Priority will be given to applications from severely disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications.

What we offer: A PhD position (first 65 %, later 50 %, TV-L 13) starting 1st of October (earlier and later starting dates can be discussed). Salary and social benefits are according to the German Public Service regulation (TV-L). You will have the possibility to develop yourself in a young group and motivating group atmosphere with many new techniques in an inspiring research environment and outstanding equipment/facilities at the Leibniz-Institute and the University. You will find flat hierarchies as well as regular feedback from the group leader.

Location: Halle is a beautiful small city (240.000 inhabitants) one hour away from Berlin and 30 min from Leipzig. Due to the central location in Germany and excellent connec-tion to the high-speed train network, you are very quickly in most areas of Germany (Frankfurt 3 hours, Hamburg 3.5 hours, Munich 3 hours) and due to the airport
(Halle/Leipzig) in Europe.

How to apply:

For questions, please contact MSc Judith Münch ( or Jun.-Prof. Martin Weissenborn (+49-345-55821700). Review of applications will start 15th June 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a motivation letter, a CV with university transcripts (degrees and grades), and the names and addresses of at least two references. Please email applications quoting reference number 11/2022 as a single pdf document to

Please notice our data protection information for applicants (m/f/d) according to Article 13 and 14 GDPR concerning data protection processing in the application process:

The successful applicant with a degree that was not obtained at a German university must submit a certificate assessment for foreign university qualifications (Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications) from the Central Office for Foreign Education (
Prof. Martin Weissenborn
Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie
Halle (Saale)

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