The University of Rostock offers a diverse, varied and demanding job in a tradition-conscious, yet innovative, modern and family-friendly university in a lively city by the sea.

At the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute of Biological Sciences, Chair of Molecular Stress Physiology, subject to allocation of funds, we are filling the following position as of 01.03.2024 on a temporary basis for the duration of the DFG-project “Identifying the molecular transducers of retrograde redox signaling and unravelling compartmental redox dynamics in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum” for a limited duration of three years: Research Assistant (m/f/d) EG 13 TV-L, part-time employment, 26 hours/week, limited, qualification position

Tasks and Responsibilities: Diatoms are unicellular microalgae that thrive in all aquatic habitats across the globe and thus belong to the most successful primary producers on earth. Their plastids were acquired by secondary endosymbiosis from red algae. In our newly established Heisenberg group of Molecular Stress Physiology we tackle various questions regarding the cellular response of diatoms to changing light conditions.

One key topic, funded by the German Research Agency (DFG), is plastid to nucleus retrograde signaling, where, depending on light intensity, the plastid triggers a specific transcriptomic response in the nucleus. In diatoms, the underlying signaling cascade is unknown, but plastidic redox processes are at the onset of the signaling pathway. In this project, the PhD candidate shall elucidate molecular parts of the underlying signaling cascade in the model diatom Phaeodactylum.

The work will combine sophisticated molecular techniques (yeast 1-hybrid assays, genome editing approaches, gene expression studies) with physiology and bioinformatics. Parts of the project will be executed at the VIB in Ghent (Belgium).


  • completed university degree (state exam, diploma, master’s degree or comparable degree) in biology or biochemistry with preferably good results
  • knowledge in plant/algal biology and very good skills in molecular biology
  • experience in algal cultivation and bioinformatics skills are desirable
  • confident knowledge of English language, both written and spoken; knowledge of German language is desirable
  • willingness to work seriously and with commitment on a project of one’s own scientific qualification (doctorate) and ability to work independently on new topics with curiosity, creativity and strong passion
  • willingness to spend two prolonged research stays in Belgium
  • good ability to work on schedule, communication skills for presenting research results and ability to work in a team for interdisciplinary work groups

Our offer

  • employment relationship in accordance with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federal States (TV-L) with the employer Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, represented by the University of Rostock
  • remuneration with salary group 13 if personal and collective agreement requirements are met
  • an individual assignment of the experience level according to the collective agreement, taking into account your previous professional experience
  • 30 days annual vacation and annual special payment; additional pension plan (VBL)
  • flexible working hours
  • various offers for health promotion and work-life balance, e.g. through our family office or our URgesund health management system
  • multitude of continuing education opportunities, including language courses, IT courses, seminars for professional development
  • participation in the extensive range of university sports activities

University of Rostock as an employer

Equal opportunities are important to us. We welcome applications from suitable severely disabled persons or persons of equal status. We aim to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore encourage relevantly qualified women to apply. We welcome applications from people of other nationalities or with a migration background.

Formal notes

The temporal limitation of the employment relationship is based on § 2 (1) WissZeitVG. If desired, the staff council can be consulted during the selection process. Please enclose an informal request for this with your application documents.

We look forward to receiving your online application below with complete, informative documents (motivation letter stating why you are interested in the topic (max. one A4 page), resume with education, language skills, diploma with indication of final grade, publication list and conference presentations and naming of persons to be contacted for reference) by 15.12.2023 at the latest.

Only applications received via our application portal and containing all requested documents will be considered. Unfortunately, application and travel costs cannot be covered by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

For further information please contact:

Institute of Biological SciencesMr. Prof. Bernard Lepetit,
HR departmentMrs. Petra Westphal, Tel. 0381 / 498-1275

Online application

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