CSC fellowships


The Chair of Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen University (Germany) welcomes applications of PhD fellows who intend to apply for CSC fellowships for molecular biotechnologists, chemists, computational scientists and bioengineers.


RWTH Aachen University is one of the most famous Technical Universities in Europe and a member of the TU9 group. TU9 is the alliance of leading Institutes of Technology in Germany (

Professor Ulrich Schwaneberg (the Chair of Biotechnology at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany and member of the board directors at the DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials) welcomes applications of candidates that intend to apply for CSC fellowships.


Our ideal candidates

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We are supporting students of chemistry, biochemistry, bioengineering and biotechnology or relevant majors at

- M.Sc. level applying for 3- 4 year placements as PhD students.

- PhD students applying for 1-2 year placements within “Sandwich” Doctoral Degree Training.

Applicants should provide an IELTS certificate with a score of 6.0 or above.


Our expertise

The Schwaneberg group is a world leader in protein engineering (26 patents, mainly with industrial partners like BASF, DSM, Evonik, Roche, Henkel, and BRAIN; 4 engineered enzymes in industrial use; >190 publications). Furthermore, Professor Schwaneberg has been appointed to the board of directors in the Bioeconomy Science Center to advance and to focus the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia`s research efforts in the area of bioeconomy, servers as speaker of the industry lab HICAST (Henkel Innovation Campus for Advanced and Sustainable Technologies; ~5 Mio€ direct industry funding) at RWTH Aachen University, received the BMBF award for the next generation of biotechnological processes in 2016, and the innovation award of the BioRegions of Germany in 2018.

Our research fields include integrated protein engineering (diversity generation, high-throughput screening and computer-assisted modelling), biocatalysis (in cascade reactions, in biohybrid systems, in whole cell systems and in organic solvents), chiral protein membranes and surface functionalization with peptide-based adhesion promotors (i.e. for plant health).

In 2018, Professor Schwaneberg also was appointed as Distinguished International Supervisor for assistant professor Dr. Hao Cao and as Distinguished Professor by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.


Further information about us

i.e our research highlights and our publication list of more than 190 publications can be found on our website.

We are very glad that many of our former CSC fellows and non-CSC funded Chinese students have found positions in academia and industry in China. Among our alumni are:

Prof. Dr. Leilei Zhu - Professor, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS

Dr. Ran Tu - Associate professor, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS

Dr. Liqing Zhao - Associate professor, Shenzhen University

Dr. Zhenwei Li - Vice president, Bontac Bio-engineering, Shenzhen

Dr. Jianhua Yang - Assistant professor, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS

Dr. Jing Zhao - Assistant Investigator, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS

Dr. Feng Cheng - Assistant Professor, Zhejiang University of Technology

Dr. Zhanzhi Liu - Lecturer, Jiangnan University, Wuxi


For supporting your application, please feel free to contact us

Chinese students and scientists at Chair of Biotechnology Copyright: © Bio VI Delegation of our current staff members from China and Taiwan (left to right) Zhi Zou, Yu Ji, Dr. Lingling Zhang, Muen Chung, Haiyang Cui


Fax: +49 241 80 22387

Sincerely yours,

Professor Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg

RWTH Aachen University, Chair of Biotechnology

DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials


For further information about our group as well as working and living in Germany, please feel free to contact our Chinese PhD student Yu Ji (