PhD student position in Microbiology/Metabolic Engineering 

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We are seeking a highly motivated student for a project oriented to understand one-carbon unit partitioning into assimilatory and dissimilatory metabolism in Methylobacterium by a systems level based approach.

Besides molecular microbiology as well as biochemical studies, the work will include in depth metabolome analysis based on mass spectrometry.

The project involves fundamental as well as applied aspects and is co-sponsored by an industrial partner.

The position is available immediately.

Application Enquiries to: Prof J A Vorholt
Please send your letter of application outlining research experiences and interests, curriculum vitae, and contact details of two referees via Email to

Department of Biology
ETH Zürich
ETH-Zentrum, SOK B1
Sonneggstrasse 23
CH-8092 Zurich
Telephone: 044 632 59 42

Laukel M, Rossignol M, Borderies G, Völker U, Vorholt JA (2004) Comparison of the proteome of Methylobacterium extorquens AM1 grown under methylotrophic and non-methylotrophic growth conditions.

Proteomics 4:1247-1264

Gourion B, Rossignol M, Vorholt JA A proteomic study of Methylobacterium extorquens reveals a novel type of response regulator essential for epiphytic growth.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci USA, 103, 13186-13191

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