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PhD-Position in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

The Institute of Organic Chemistry at BOKU is seeking applications for the position of a Research Associate (PhD-student) in the Pfrengle group, performing the chemical synthesis of complex oligosaccharides as molecular tools for studying plant cell wall biosynthesis and/or plant immunity. Carbohydrates are the predominant component of biomass on earth as they are an integral part of all living species, including plants, animals, and bacteria. Research in the Pfrengle group centers on the chemical biology of carbohydrates. Key expertise is the chemical and enzymatic synthesis of plant glycans and sugar nucleotides, as well as glycan analysis by NMR-spectroscopy. The synthesized glycans are important probes for biochemical experiments that are relevant in the agricultural sciences. Website:

Most relevant experimental methods: Synthetic organic chemistry (carbohydrate chemistry), NMR-spectroscopy, HPLC, glycan arrays.

Required qualification: The candidate must hold a MSc-degree in Chemistry (or be in the process of finishing MSc-studies). Expected are strong experimental skills in synthetic organic chemistry, high motivation, and enjoyment of research. A basic understanding of carbohydrates and their chemistry is recommended. Confidence in spoken and written English is a requirement.

Please send your application (including CV, information about BSc- and MSc-grades, cover letter and list with names of potential references) to Prof. Fabian Pfrengle (click here to contact). Expected starting date is between 01.02.2022 and 01.05.2022. Applications will be constantly evaluated until the position is filled. Salary is according to the Austrian collective agreement for university staff.

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