Open positions

We still have open positions. Become an associated PhD student.
The the Research Training Group (RTG) GRK 2039 - Molecular architecture for fluorescent cell imaging - offers several PhD positions. Become an associated PhD student.
The Faculty of Chemistry and Biosciences and the Faculty of Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) invites applications for PhD in our Research Training Group 2039 funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Research topics

The research and teaching program comprises the complete evaluation line from synthesis, bioconjugation, structure determination, photophysics and transport into cells to in vivo imaging of biological significance. This includes:


  • organic and bioconjugation synthesis of fluorescent labels, nucleic acids, peptides, polymers   and     transporters
  • chemical‐biological application of imaging on cell lines, zebrafish and mice
  • theoretical and physical chemistry of fluorescent probes including molecular dynamics, quantum chemistry, high resolution fluorescence microscopy
For more information follow the link to the list of project descriptions.





The applicants should hold a master’s or equivalent university degree (final grade: 2.0 or better) in chemistry, biology or physics. The applicants should have practical scientific experience and strong theoretical background in one of the research topics, and should show interest in creative work in a highly interdisciplinary environment. They are open minded, active and have a good command of the English language (oral and written).



Your application file should include

  1. motivation letter
  2. curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. copies of academic degrees and transcripts of records
  4. preferences of projects (optional)
  5. list of publications
  6. recommendation letter 
KIT is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if equally qualified.


Questions can be addressed to the GRK coordinator. More information is available on the GRK 2039 webpage.


The following research groups participate:

  • Prof. Dr. Hans‐Achim Wagenknecht (Institute of Organic Chemistry)
  • Prof. Dr. Christopher Barner‐Kowollik (Institute of Technical and Polymer Chemistry)
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Bräse (Institute of Organic Chemistry)
  • Dr. Thomas Dickmeis (Institute of Toxicology and Genetics)
  • Prof. Dr. Marcus Elstner (Institute of Physical Chemistry)
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Gescher (Institute of Applied Biology)
  • Prof. Dr. Christof Niemeyer (Institute of Biological Interfaces)
  • Prof. Dr. Gerd Ulrich Nienhaus (Institute of Applied Physics)
  • Dr. Zbigniew Pianowski (Institute of Organic Chemistry)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Roesky (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry)
  • Prof. Dr. Ute Schepers (Institute of Toxicology and Genetics)
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Strähle (Institute of Toxicology and Genetics)
  • Prof. Dr. Anne S. Ulrich (Institute of Biological Interfaces)
  • PD Dr. Andreas‐Neil Unterreiner (Institute of Physical Chemistry)
You may contact individual supervisors of the research training group in advance and indicate in your application for which specific group of research topic you apply. If you do not indicate a specific preference we will bring suitable applications to the attention of all supervisors.