PhD position (m/f/d) - Modeling / Virus Dynamics / Systems Biology

Young Researchers Magdeburg
Structural and Cell Biology Chemistry Complex Systems

Job Code: BPE_2020/1

Job Offer from July 08, 2020

The Bioprocess Engineering Group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems offers a PhD position in the Mathematical Modeling team with following topic “Influenza A virus-derived defective interfering particles: Dynamics in single cells and at the population level”.

The Bioprocess Engineering Group develops mathematical models to describe animal cell culture-based virus production for vaccination and gene therapy. This includes comprehensive experimental data sets generated in our laboratories addressing virus-host cell interaction at the single cell and the cell population level. In the project planned, the candidate analyzes the information available and explores influenza A virus replication, defective interfering particle (DIP) formation, and DIP/standard virus co-infection in cell cultures using sophisticated mathematical models as well as advanced systems biological tools.

We seek for a candidate with a master's degree in biosystems engineering, biotechnology, computational biology or related engineering and natural science disciplines. Knowledge about model construction, model simulation and model analysis as well as solid experience with programming languages (MATLAB, C++) is appreciated. Moreover, the ideal candidate is highly motivated to work efficiently, self-directed and as part of an interdisciplinary team on scientific challenges.

We offer a position that involves a diversity of tasks in an interdisciplinary and intercultural research group, extensive training, direct and competent supervision, and state-of-the-art equipment. Collaborations with national and international partners are well established for additional support. The position is granted for three years with a salary according to the German pay grade (TVöD-Bund) and intended to conduct scientific research with the aim of acquiring a PhD. An extension is possible.


  • above-average Master’s degree in bioprocess engineering, biotechnology, computational biology/systems biology, or similar
  • profound theoretical knowledge and programming skills
  • solid background on the molecular biology of animal cells and viruses
  • competence in bioprocess engineering
  • the ability to work in a team, and the ability to present the project and the results in an international environment in English.

The Max Planck Institute offers excellent research opportunities in a stimulating and friendly environment. Salary and benefits are commensurate with TVöD-Bund. 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 under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

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Please submit your application documents (reference number BPE_2020/1 including a CV, employer’s / personal references, and copies of the Master’s and high school certificates) only via e-mail to:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Reichl

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