Marine Natural Product Chemist



Marine Natural Product Chemist

Deadline: 1. March 2018

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 75 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

GEOMAR research unit Marine Natural Products Chemistry / GEOMAR Centre for Marine Biotechnology is offering a position for a

Marine Natural Product Chemist

starting on 1st April 2018.

Job Description
We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate with clearly demonstrated expertise in marine natural product chemistry to join our Research Unit. The holder of this post will perform a range of research tasks including extraction, chemical profiling and dereplication of extracts (by mainly LC-MS), followed by activity-guided isolation and structure elucidation of their bioactive molecules by modern analytical methods.

Current research foci of our group encompass discovery of mainly drug leads from coastal and deep-sea marine invertebrates, microorganisms and seaweeds;  marine metabolomics; and chemical ecology. The successful candidate will be involved in various projects in those directions. Assistance in the collection of marine biomass, supervision/training of postgraduate/undergraduate students, participation in teaching and preparations of third-party funding proposals will be expected The occupant will interact and collaborate with a broad range of scientific disciplines.

The research unit Marine Natural Product Chemistry is equipped with state-of-the-art chemical facilities including UPLC-QTOF-MS-coupled with DESI Imaging Mass Spectrometry, HPLC-DAD-MS, HPLC-HRMS, GC-MS, accelerated solvent extraction (ASE) system, FT-IR, polarimeter and related databases, as well as microbiology/biotechnology facilities and over 50 in vitro biological assays. Our in-house microbial culturing facilities span from small to large-scale (300L fermenter), as well as access to sequencing facilities. GEOMAR has full access to high-resolution (cryo-) NMR facilities at the Chemistry Department of Kiel University. We are members of several excellence clusters, such as The Future Ocean, and several EU research consortia.

Qualifications required:
• A diploma and a strong PhD in marine natural products chemistry
• Demonstrated competence and preferably several years of post-doc experience in dereplication / chemical profiling of marine natural products by LC-MS, GC-MS, NMR and others
• Extensive competence and experience in purification of diverse types of natural products (by HPLC and other chromatographic methods)
• Demonstrated and preferably several years of post-doc experience in structure elucidation of marine natural products by high field NMR, HRMS, UV, IR, X-ray, and other methods
• Proficiency in commercial and in house databases
• Scientific publication in high-ranking journals and dissemination of results at conferences
• Demonstrated experience in writing publications, conference papers and research proposals
• Fluency in spoken and written English and excellent oral and written communication skills 
• Strong organizational skills, prioritization of multiple tasks, meeting strict deadlines
• Excellent project and laboratory management skills in multiple tasks
• Capability of creative- and critical thinking, independency, decision making, problem solving with discretion, self-motivation and curiosity.

Scuba diving licence and some marine sample collection experience, as well as a full driving licence are highly desirable.

The position is available for a funding period of two years, starting 1st April 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter). The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position can be split, flexible working times are possible. The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

Working language in the group is English. GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.

GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your applications containing i. your CV ii. contact information for three references iii. a cover letter explaining interest in the position and career goals, no later than 1st March 2018 by e-mail in a single pdf-file to Bewerbung(at)

Please put keyword „MNPChem-Tasdemir“ in subject line of e-mail when submitting application.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / „MNPChem-Tasdemir
Wischhofstr. 1 - 3
D-24148 Kiel

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all application papers will be destroyed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir by e-mail (dtasdemir(at) and/or visit our website (

Please do not contact us by phone about the present state of procedures. However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to bewerbung[at] In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). For further information please visit or