Prof. Petra Wendler - Biochemistry, Cryo-Electron Microscopy

Academic Staff Member (Post-doc position, f/m/d)

The position is available from February 1, 2023. The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost). The position is for 40 hours per week (100%). This is a temporary position limited initially to a term of 4 years in accordance with Section 2 subsection 1 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG).

The position covers both, research and teaching obligations. The research project focuses on the investigation of the structure and function of oxygen sensitive redox proteins and other multi-protein complexes using state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy, as well as biochemical and biophysical techniques. We have a Talos F200 equipped with a Falcon III detector for screening purposes and access to Titan Krios TEMs with latest DEDs for high-end data collection. Our group is part of the UnisysCat (Unifying Systems in Catalysis; cluster of excellence.


The successful applicant is expected to collect and analyze EM data, participate in the experimental design and method development, interact with internal and external collaborators, purify multi protein complexes from bacteria, yeast or insect cells, as well as participate in teaching of graduate and undergraduate students. Techniques involved will include handling of multi protein complexes, high resolution imaging using cryo-EM, image processing, 3D reconstruction, and molecular modeling.


We are looking for a motivated and creative individual with a strong interest in functional and structural characterization of large multi-subunit complexes. Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant subject area, such as protein biochemistry or structural biology. Experience in heterologous protein expression, purification of multi protein complexes, and either structural determination or functional analysis using biochemical and biophysical techniques is essential. Applicants should have excellent technical skills, good interpersonal skills and the enthusiasm to apply and develop new techniques. Experience with redox proteins, in protein X-ray crystallography and/or in cryo-EM is an advantage. Competent interaction with students and staff in German and English language is expected. The University of Potsdam strives to maintain gender balance among its staff. Severely disabled applicants shall receive preference in case of equal qualifications. We expressly invite applications from people with migration backgrounds.

How to apply:

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Petra Wendler. Please send your application in English or German by email to Applications should include a cover letter with a brief statement of research experience and interests, a CV, as well as copies of undergraduate and graduate certificates.

Prof. Dr. Petra Wendler
Institut für Biochemie und Biologie
Universität Potsdam Universität Potsdam
Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam-Golm
Tel: +49 (0)331 9775130
Email: petra.wendler(at)

University of Potsdam:

Young, modern, research-oriented: Founded in 1991, the University of Potsdam has firmly established itself in the scientific landscape. At Brandenburg's largest university, nationally and internationally renowned scientists conduct research and teach. The University of Potsdam has a high level of third-party funding, impresses with its achievements in technology and knowledge transfer, and has a service-oriented administration. With around 22,000 students on three campuses - Am Neuen Palais, Griebnitzsee and Golm - the University of Potsdam is an outstanding economic factor and development engine for the region. It has more than 3,000 employees and is one of the most beautifully located academic institutions in Germany.