10 international PhD fellowships in the European Doctoral Network BiocatCodeExpander for a training on innovative biotechnological applications of non-canonical amino acids for biocatalysis, synthetic biology, organic chemistry and computational biology.




Graz University of Technology, Austria

Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) is the oldest science and technology research and educational institute in Austria. TU Graz renders top performances in its five areas of excellence – the Fields of Expertise (advanced materials science, human & biotechnology, information, communication & computing, mobility & production and sustainable systems). To this end we concentrate on intensive collaboration with other research and educational establishments and with business and industry. This enables interdisciplinary teaching and research to be undertaken with the use of the latest infrastructural facilities to the benefit of everyone involved. TU Graz expands its worldwide co-operation projects in a lasting way and promotes the mobility of its employees. The research activities of Graz University of Technology range from high-quality basic research and application-oriented research to industrial implementation. Co-operation projects with science and business play an important role. Graz University of Technology consolidates its competence thematically in the five Fields of Expertise by carrying out top research in important areas of the future. Seeking national and international research funding has been very successful – the funds raised amount to a third of the overall budget. Graz University of Technology is very well networked in Europe and participates in 60 to 70 EU projects annually, one tenth of which are in a co-ordinating role

Doctoral Supervisor
Prof. Robert Kourist 

Enrolment in Doctoral degree
Graz University of Technology (TUG)


At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) with Dr. Ivana Drienovská 

& moloX GmbH (Berlin, Germany) with Dr. Bernhard Loll



  • Establishment of a high-throughput system for rapid folding assessment based on split-GFP complementation
  • Biochemical characterization of biotechnologically attractive non-canonical amino acids (NCAA)-containing oxidoreductases
  • Biocatalytic and structural characterization of best variants
  • Molecular modelling of altered reactivity


Fields related to the project

(1) Synthetic biology

(2) Biocatalysis

(3) Computational biology

(4) Structural biochemistry


  • Researchers can be of any nationality
  • The researcher must not have carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment. 
  • The researcher should not have obtained a PhD degree and should not have more than 4 year full-time or equivalent research experience since obtaining the degree which makes them eligible for starting the PhD degree
  • Applicants must demonstrate excellent proficiency in English language to be eligible
  • Researchers must demonstrate an excellent academic record. Hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) relevant to the project (chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular sciences or related disciplines)

We offer

  • Full-time contract (36 months) with the recruiting institution, enrolled in a PhD programme
  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with the MSCA regulations for PhD students
  • BiocatCodeExpander promote gender equality, open science practices and cutting-edge training. 
  • PhD students will be trained in an international, inter-disciplinary academic and industrial environment through state-of-the-art research
  • Two secondments per PhD position and exciting summer schools

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by email to the BiocatCodeExpander email address biocatcodeexpander.beta@vu.nl before the 17/02/2023  (only applications that are complete, in English and submitted before the deadline will be considered eligible);send only PDF files, not Zip or Rar.

The preferred starting date is between April-November 2023

Please, submit the following documents in one PDF document:

  • A cover letter, stating your motivation to join the doctoral network, and mentioning the choice of project you would prefer to apply for (max. 3 projects)
  • CV: a one- to two page synopsis of yourself, your scientific interests, experience, current research work and list of publications
  • Two letters of recommendation from former advisors/professors (or provide their contact information)

More information
Web site for additional job details: https://biocatcodeexpander.com/

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions / Doctoral Networks

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101072686.