AG Dau

Biophysics and Photosynthesis

Prof. Dr. Holger Dau

photo Prof. Holger Dau
Prof. Dr. Holger Dau
AddressArnimallee 14
Room 1.2.38
14195 Berlin-Dahlem, Germany
Wheelchair AccessHandicapped ParkingElevator at least 140 x 110 cmHandicapped Bathroom
OfficeSieglinde Endrias, Room 1.1.29
Telephone+49-30-8385 3337 (Sieglinde Endrias) +49-30-8385 3581 (Prof. Holger Dau)
Fax+49-30-8385 6510
EmailProf. Dr. H. Dau

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PhD student

Right now we are looking for a PhD candidate for a biophysical research project. The candidate will start his PhD work with financial support provided by the SFB 1078 in form of a a one-year probation fellowship and subsequently may continue his PhD research as a (non-permanent) scientific employee.

Are you interested? If yes, please contact Prof. Holger Dau by means of an e-mail with an attached motivation statement and CV.

Postdoc position

IN-SITU-XAS project − non-permanent scientific employee until end of June 2019

Research and technical development of "operando" X-ray spectroscopy experiments on catalyst materials for sustainable production of non-fossil (solar) fuels

A creative scientist is sought with expertise in (i) X-ray spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation or (ii) computer programming (for automated data acquisition and control of complex physical experiments).

A doctoral degree (PhD) in physics, physical chemistry, material sciences or a similar area is required.

We offer integration in our research team at the Free University Berlin, ample experimental opportunities at the Berlin synchrotron radiation source (BESSY) and an interesting research project in the exciting scientific atmosphere of Berlin.

For more details, see full advertisement text (in German) or contact Prof. Holger Dau.

Your application ideally arrives until January 8, 2018, with the ideal start time in February 2018. Later applications also may be considered; review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Research group - Our topics

We are working in the fields of molecular biophysics and energy research, examining biological and biomimetic processes at the molecular and atomic level. The application of new physical methods and concepts for understanding the structure, dynamics, and functions of biomolecules are particularly important in our work. Biomimetic systems for CO2-neutral production of fuels - driven by renewable energy  - are of increasing importance in our recent work. The focal points of our research are:

  • Use of solar energy by plants and cyanobacteria (photosynthesis research). In the chain of involved processes, we are especially interested in the stage where water is split and molecular oxygen is released.
  • Biological catalysis by metal ions bound to proteins as well as catalysis by synthetic biomimetic catalysts.
  • Artificial photosynthesis and water electrolysis, specifically new catalyst materials for the production of non-fossil fuels (e.g., molecular hydrogen).

Our group is composed of physicists, chemists, and biologists. The work is embedded in national and international cooperations. The methods used in our lab include:

Structural investigations using X-ray spectroscopy (at the BESSY in Berlin, at the ESRF in Grenoble, and elsewhere), optical spectroscopy (UV/vis, fluorescence, FTIR) for monitoring processes after excitation by laser pulses, advanced electrochemistry combined with spectroscopy, computer simulations of reaction kinetics, and molecular modelling.


Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function: SFB 1078

Cluster of Excellence - Unifying Concepts in Catalysis: UniCat

Solar H2: SPP 1613