Montag, 21. November 2011


We are looking for a young, open-minded, enthusiastic, committed and diligent individual with a background in chemistry, physics or material-sciences (German Diploma/MSc equivalent).
The successful candidate will work on the multi nuclear solid state NMR characterization of immobilized catalysts, metal-clusters, metal-nanoparticles and their interactions with substrates. The immobilized catalysts are made in-house by covalently binding metal-containing catalysts to the surface of nano-structured silica materials with different morphologies (porous or nanoparticles) via organic linkers or obtained by a cooperating group at the CNRS-Toulouse.

The structure of the immobilized catalysts on the support material, its interactions with substrates and the influence of macroscopic parameters such as temperature on its properties are investigated. The catalytic activity of the catalysts is tested by model reactions, in particular hydrogenations.
Previous hands-on experience with solid state NMR or heterogeneous catalysis will be helpful, but is not necessary.

We offer a state-of-the-art research infrastructure including solid-state NMR (600, 500 400 and 300 MHz) spectrometers and a wet-chemistry lab including GC, HPLC, UV/Vis and other techniques. An additional 400MHz DNP-NMR solid state NMR spectrometer will be installed at the end of 2012.

The NMR lab is headed by an academic staff scientist, who provides user support. The group is part of the research group FOR-1583, the research network SFB 598, the LOEWE-research group SOFT-CONTROL and various national and international cooperation projects. The group is located at the Campus Lichtwiese of the Technical University Darmstadt.
Enquiries and applications shall be addressed to Gerd Buntkowsky (gerd.buntkowsky at

Prof. Dr. Gerd Buntkowsky
Physikalische Chemie der kondensierten Materie
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Eduard-Zintl-Institut für Anorganische und Physikalische Chemie
Petersenstr. 20, D-64287 Darmstadt
phone : +49 6151/16-2607 fax: +49 6151/16-4347

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Postdoctoral position at St. Jude

Dear colleagues,

a postdoctoral position is available immediately in my lab at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, for a candidate motivated to pursue structure/function relationships of highly dynamic protein complexes in the ubiquitin pathway. The project focuses on the recognition of highly flexible proto-oncogenes by their cognate ubiquitin ligases and how dynamic interconversion of multiple bound states relates to function in health and disease. The successful candidate will use NMR spectroscopy, other biophysical and biochemical techniques to dissect the binding mechanism and establish structure/function relationships.

This position is an ideal opportunity for either (1) an experienced NMR spectroscopist who would like to complement his or her expertise with other, diverse tools for understanding protein complex function and mechanism, or (2) for an enzymologist/biophysicist interested in structural biology of dynamic protein complexes. The fellow would benefit from both the outstanding environment in the lab and the highly collaborative St. Jude community.

Candidates should have recently earned/expect to earn a Ph.D. in a related field, and should have experience in protein biochemistry, enzymology, biophysics, or NMR spectroscopy.

Supplemental Application Requirements
Mail Postdoc Application: No
Letter of Interest Required: No
Curriculum Vitae Required: Yes
Description of Research Interest Required: Yes
3 Letters of Recommendation Required: Yes
Outline of Past Accomplishments Required: No
Outline of Career Aspirations Required: No

For the add please see

Please send a CV and a brief description of research and career goals and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to

Tanja Mittag, PhD
Assistant Member
Structural Biology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 311
Danny Thomas Research Center, Room D1034F Memphis, TN 38105
office: (901) 595-6261
lab: (901) 595-6182