PostDoc/Team Leader "Molecular Biology" in cell culture-based vaccine production

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg

Structural and Cell Biology Chemistry Complex Systems

Type of Job


Postdoc as Team Leader - Molecular Biology

Job offer from June 01, 2018

The research group Bioprocess Engineering (headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Reichl) at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg is seeking an outstanding candidate as a Postdoc and Team Leader 'Molecular Biology' in cell culture-based vaccine production.

Your tasks

The candidate should be proficient in molecular/virological methods, such as cell transfection, cell line engineering (CRISPR/Cas), reverse genetics, real time PCR, Western Blot, and flow cytometry. Our goal is to develop methods for better characterization of virus-host cell interaction (i.e. influenza virus, Modified Vaccinia Ankara virus, flaviviridae), to improve our understanding of intracellular virus replication, and to design animal cells lines for increased virus/viral vector yields.

Your profile

Candidates need a PhD or an equivalent degree in a relevant discipline and a record of outstanding research that demonstrates originality addressing significant problems in cell culture technology and virology using state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques. Skills in the supervision of technicians and students are desirable. Close collaboration with the teams involved in upstream processing and mathematical modeling of virus dynamics is essential. You must be fluent in English, proficiency in German is preferred.

The Bioprocess Engineering Group provides an excellent international environment for top-notch basic and applied research. We are organized in teams (molecular biology, upstream processing, bioprocess analytics, and mathematical modeling) and perform high-level research in the fields of medical and environmental biotechnology. Our research activities are linked closely to research activities at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg.

Our offer

We offer a position according to the German collective pay scale agreement for the public sector (TVöD). The appointment is for two years with possibility for extension.

Your application

You may apply for this position via email to:

Interested applicants need to submit a motivation letter, a CV, a publication list with key papers highlighted as well as the names and contact information of three possible contacts for reference letters (latest 22 of June 2018).

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer. It 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.

For further information, please contact Annegret Frauendienst, email: We look forward to your application.

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