Job description

Our team Alkane-oxidizing Archaea led by Dr. Gunter Wegener (MARUM, Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University Bremen) and Dr. Tristan Wagner (MPI for Marine Microbiology) aims at the cultivation and molecular and functional characterization of alkane-degrading microorganisms. In the DFG-funded project ETHOX we seek a biochemical understanding of ethane oxidation in archaea. In particular, we are interested in the enzymatic mechanisms that allow these archaea to convert CoM-bound ethyl units to acetyl-CoA. The candidate will cultivate the organisms, and perform stable isotope experiments and metabolite analyses.  She/he will team up with a PhD student. Please also contact me if you are interested for a PhD!


  • Completed PhD in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related fields.
  •  Knowledge in microbial cultivation and/or metabolite analysis
  • Interest/basic knowledge in mass spectrometry
  • Applicants should be fluent in English, have excellent scientific writing skills, and should enjoy working in an international and interdisciplinary team.

General Information

The University of Bremen particularly aims at increasing the proportion of women in the natural sciences and therefore strongly encourages women to apply. Disabled applicants will be given priority if their professional and personal qualifications are essentially equal. Applications from people with a migration background are welcome.

If you have any questions regarding the job advertisement, please contact Dr. Gunter Wegener (

Send your meaningful and complete application documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, master's certificate, names of two references, etc.) by mail to the following address, quoting the reference number A192/22:

MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences

Dr. Gunter Wegener

University of Bremen

P.O. Box 33 04 40

28334 Bremen

Application deadline:
Start date: ASAP
Location: MARUM, Univ. of Bremen, Germany and MPI for Marine Microbiology, next door :)