Research Associate (f/m/d) in the field of ‚Cell-Free Biosynthesis‘

Institute for Molecular Biotechnology (Bio VII)

RWTH Aachen University


Our profile

At the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology we use different platforms for the production of recombinant proteins and secondary metabolites. In addition to plants, we also use cell-free systems produced from prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells. Our work focuses on (i) the development and optimization of new cell-free lysates, (ii) the production of artificial substances that cannot be produced in cell-based systems, and (iii) the optimisation or establishment of new biosynthetic pathways. Finally, (iv) scaling up the cell-free reaction is also an important research goal.


Your profile

  • You have a PhD in biotechnology, molecular biology or biochemistry.
  • You have experience with the production of recombinant proteins and secondary metabolites, including fermentation processes.
  • Experience in cell-free biosynthesis is desirable.
  • You have expertise in the characterization of proteins and secondary metabolites.
  • You are creative, communicative and team-oriented.
  • You have a good command of English.
  • You are highly motivated to work scientifically independently and to drive research forward.
  • Experience in project acquisition and teaching is desirable.


Your tasks

  • Production and optimization of new cell-free lysates.
  • Cell-free production and characterization of different product candidates.
  • Scaling up of the cell-free reaction.
  • Project coordination and preparation of project results for presentation and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Training of students.


Our offer

The position is on an employment basis.

The position is to be filled as soon as possible and is limited to two years.

An extension is possible.

The fixed-term employment is within the framework of the fixed-term possibilities of the ‘Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz‘.

The position is full-time.

The position is graded according to the TV-L.

The position is rated EG 13 TV-L.


RWTH is certified as a family-friendly university.

The job advertisement is aimed at all genders.


At RWTH Aachen University, we particularly want to promote the careers of women and therefore welcome female applicants.

Women will be given preferential consideration in cases of equal suitability, ability and professional performance, provided that they are underrepresented in the organisational unit and provided that reasons relating to the person of a competitor do not prevail.

Applications from suitable severely disabled persons are expressly encouraged.

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Your contact person

For preliminary information please contact

Prof. Dr. Stefan Schillberg

Tel.: +49 (0) 241 6085 11050

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at your disposal.


Please send your application by 31.03.2023 to

Prof. Dr. Stefan Schillberg

Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie (Bio VII)

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule

Worringer Weg 1

52074 Aachen


or by e-mail to

Prof. Dr. Stefan Schillberg

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