1 PhD position


1 PhD position (TV-L E13 65%)

17.10.2023, Wissenschaftliches Personal 

1 PhD position (TV-L E13 65%) to study the contribution of aerobic fungi to biogas production The successful candidate will work as part of a research team within a collaborative and interdisciplinary project between the Professorship for Fungal Biotechnology in Wood Science located at the TUM School of Life Sci-ences Weihenstephan in Freising, the Micro- and Molecular Biology Group at the Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft (LfL) in Freising and the company INNOVAS BMK GmbH in Munich. The groups aim to bring to-gether the expertise on aerobic (TUM) and anaerobic (LfL) fungi with the expertise on biogas plant construction and maintenance (INNOVAS). The contribution of fungi to the overall biogas production process is largely un-described so far, but good evidence exists that it is much more substantial than expected. Within the project, the consortium aims to quantify the fungal contribution in detail for the first time and optimize the methane production from hard to digest lignocellulosic substrates in two-step biogas plants by a targeted and continuous application of both aerobic and anaerobic fungi. This development will be necessary to allow many established plants to adapt to a more efficient and sustainable process using agricultural residues as it will be necessary in the future

Requirements / Your Profile

  • Very good university degree (MSc., Dipl. (Univ.)) in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or similar 
  • Experience with microbiology or plant biology and instrumental analytics techniques preferable
  • Familiarity with data analysis software and data banks
  • Ability to work independently while being motivated to perform as an active part of our project team
  • Very good proficiency in English (spoken and written) 


  • Participation in a collaborative project as main scientist (but with professional supervision)
  • Disseminating your project results to the public via peer-reviewed publications and talks on ntl./intl. confer-ences
  • Participation in teaching and student supervision 

    We are offering

  • A three-year contract (goal: dissertation); pending approval of the grant (expected soon)
  • Start date: 01.12.2023; work place: Freising-Weihenstephan
  • A dynamic research environment with state-of the-art research facilities 
  • A place in the TUM graduate school with advanced courses for career development 

    Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications 
    TUM explicitly encourages applications from women (Art. 7 Abs. 3 BayGlG) 

    Application / Contact

  • Please send applications as a single pdf-file by email including supporting documentation in German or English (letter of motivation, CV, certificates, credentials and names and addresses of two referees) until October 20th at the latest to: 
    Technische Universität München
    TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan 
    Professorship for Fungal Biotechnology in Wood Science 
    Prof. Dr. J. Philipp Benz 
    Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising, GER 
    phone: +49-8161-71-4590 
    email: benz@hfm.tum.de 
    homepage: https://www.lse.ls.tum.de/en/fungbio/home/

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Deadline: 2023-12-10
Location: Germany, Freising
Categories: Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Plant Sciences,


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