PhD Position (m/f/d) | Glycomics and Glycoproteomics

Young Researchers Magdeburg
Structural and Cell Biology Chemistry Complex Systems
Job Offer from January 14, 2023

A PhD position is available at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg in the Bio/Process Analytics team of Dr. Erdmann Rapp (Department of Bioprocess Engineering, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Reichl) on the topic „Glycomics and Glycoproteomics“. The full-time position is supposed to start in February 2023 or later.

Topic and position

Glycosylation is an important modification of proteins and is involved in the regulation of the biological activity and stability of many proteins. Notably, the glycosylation of many eukaryotic proteins appears to be highly regulated and minor structural changes of the glycan portions may lead to major changes in function. Therefore, protein glycosylation analysis is becoming increasingly important in medical/clinical, biopharmaceutical, as well as biotechnological research.

As a PhD of the Bio/Process Analytics team you will join a multidisciplinary group working on the deeper understanding of bio(techno)logical processes on the molecular level developing and using proteomic, glycoproteomic and glycomic tools. You will develop and improve cutting edge methods for analysis of protein glycosylation. With a particular focus on glycobiotechnology, you will apply these methods for studying protein glycosylation, unraveling the protein glycosylation process with respect to its understanding and optimization.


The MPI Magdeburg was the first institute of the Max Planck Society dedicated to the engineering sciences. It is supposed to bridge the gap between basic research and industrial applications. The neighborhood to the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and its engineering and medical faculties offers excellent cooperation possibilities. Its main research activities are focused on the analysis, design and control of processes in chemical and bioengineering. Scientists of different disciplines like engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and computer sciences add their specific knowledge to the research work, thereby developing new methods and tools for tackling problems in a wide range of application areas.

Your profile

We are looking for outstanding international and German students. You have recently earned a university master's degree in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology or biomedical sciences with an excellent graduate record. You have already gained some practical experience with bio-analytical techniques such as U/HPLC, CE and/or mass spectrometry with respect to glycomics / glycoproteomics, and first experience in glycobiotechnology / glycobiology. You are ready to work on your own projects highly motivated and with great scientific curiosity. Therefore, very good communication skills in both written and spoken English are essential.

We offer

  • Active participation in joint and conduction of own research projects
  • Cutting edge laboratories and instrumentation
  • Three year contract
  • Collaboration in a friendly, international und interdisciplinary team
  • Positive and motivating working atmosphere
  • Individual development and training opportunities
  • Excellent support from our senior staff
  • Involvement in lecturing and/or tutoring at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg

Your salary will be in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement for the German public service (E13 TVöD Bund) including corresponding social benefits.

More information:

If you have any questions regarding the research please contact Dr. Erdmann Rapp (e-mail: )


If you are interested in this position and you satisfy the requirements of the profile, we encourage you to apply. Please send an e-mail with the reference “PhD-glyx-012023MPI“ including complete application documents, a document describing your reasons to apply, and the names of three possible referees to

Annegret Frauendienst

phone: +49 391 6110 200

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. Furthermore, 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.

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