Doctoral student (PhD) or Postdoc (m/f/d) - Computational Biology / Mathematics / Bioinformatics

Scientist Magdeburg
Complex Systems Structural and Cell Biology Computer Science Mathematics

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Job Offer from October 28, 2019

A doctoral or Postdoc position (m/f/d) in computational biology / (bio)mathematics / bioinformatics or related areas is 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 methods and algorithms for the mathematical modeling and targeted modification of biological networks. One particular focus is the application of computational and model-driven approaches for the rational metabolic engineering of microorganisms to optimize biotechnological processes.

For a larger research project, we are looking for a talented doctoral student or Postdoc (m/f/d) willing to work in an interdisciplinary team. The candidate should have an excellent degree or/and experience in one or several of the following fields:

  • Computational biology / Systems biology / Biomathematics
  • Mathematics (especially modeling / simulation / optimization)
  • Biosystems engineering / Bioprocess engineering / Chemical engineering

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

  • Programming experience in MATLAB, JAVA, or Python
  • Theory of mathematical modeling or/and mathematical optimization (e.g., linear and mixed-integer linear programming (LP / MILP))
  • Mathematical modeling and/or computational design of metabolic networks
  • Bioprocess or/and biosystems engineering

Some basic biological knowledge or/and experiences in working in interdisciplinary projects would be a plus but are again not mandatory.

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 immediately available (later starting date would be possible), initially for two years with the possibility of an extension.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

We ask the candidates to send their applications by 17 February 2020. However, there is no strict deadline and the call is open until the position is filled. Applicants should prepare a single PDF file containing an application letter, CV, certificates, a short statement of research interests, a brief description of scientific achievements (if applicable), and, if possible, contact information for two references. This PDF file should be sent to as soon as possible.

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