PhD and Post-Doc Positions

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg

Complex SystemsStructural and Cell BiologyComputer ScienceMicrobiology & EcologyMathematics

Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD/post-doc positions - Computational Biology and Metabolic Engineering

Job Offer from January 04, 2017

Several doctoral and postdoctoral positions in computational biology/metabolic engineering are available in Steffen Klamt’s group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg (Germany). Our group develops and applies algorithms and computational techniques for mathematical modeling and targeted modification of biological networks. One particular focus is the application of computational methods for the rational metabolic engineering of microorganisms to optimize biotechnological processes.

For a larger research project, which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and combines innovative computational and experimental techniques to establish a new design principle for metabolic engineering of microbial cell factories, we are looking for talented and highly motivated doctoral students and postdocs that will jointly work in a dedicated interdisciplinary research team. Candidates should have an excellent degree or/and experience in one or several of the following fields:

  • systems biology
  • synthetic biology
  • (bio)chemical engineering
  • biotechnology
  • metabolic engineering
  • microbiology
  • genetics
  • computational biology
  • bioinformatics
  • computer science
  • mathematics
  • physics

Experience in the following areas are of particular advantage (but no explicit requirement):

  • experimental systems biology, bioreactor fermentations and genetic engineering of Escherichia coli or other microorganisms
  • mathematical modeling of metabolic networks (e.g., kinetic or constraint-based modeling), computational strain design and model-based metabolic engineering
  • theory and algorithms of mathematical optimization (in particular, linear and mixed-integer linear programming)
  • programming in MATLAB (and JAVA)

Our offer

The Max Planck Institute and our group offer excellent research opportunities in a stimulating and friendly environment. Salary and benefits are commensurate with TVöD-Bund. The position is available from May 2017 (earliest starting date), initially for two years with the possibility of an extension.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the representation of women and persons with physical disabilities. We particularly encourage such individuals to apply.


We ask the applicants to send their applications by February 20, 2017, although there is no strict deadline and the call is open until all positions are filled. Applicants should prepare a single PDF file containing an application letter, CV, certificates, a statement of research interests, a brief description of scientific achievements including a publication list (mandatory for Postdocs only), and contact information for two references. This PDF file should be send to as soon as possible.

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
Sandtorstr. 1
39106 Magdeburg

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