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Bachelor/Master thesis: „Establishment of a realtime RT-qPCR for quantitation of defective interfering particles of influenza virus A“

The Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg, Bioprocess Engineering (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Reichl), has an opening for a Bachelor / Master thesis:
„Establishment of a realtime RT-qPCR for quantitation
of defective interfering particles of influenza virus A
Defective interfering particles (DIPs) are a sub-population of influenza virus that possess internal deletions in one or more gene segments but retain both termini of the parental virus genome. Hence, they can be replicated in the presence of a standard virus (STV), which supplies the missing protein(s). In co-infected cells, DIPs accumulate strongly and impede the replication of the STV leading to lower virus titers. Little is known about the molecular mechanisms involved. Furthermore, the impact of DIPs on vaccine production as well as product quality remains largely elusive.
The announcement is directed at students of biology, biochemistry or related fields. Experience in molecular biology is a plus. A high independence in the lab as well as the ability to present the project and its results in an international environment is expected.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Only by email
Send application to
Applicants send their motivation letter, curriculum vitae, university records and reference letters and personal references (if applicable) until January 31, 2017 to
Milena Wasik (wasik@mpi-magdeburg.mpg.de)
0391 - 6110211

Job profile

Working hours
Can be Full-Time or Part-Time
Contract duration
Type of job
Diploma Thesis/Master's Thesis
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Working place
39106 Magdeburg
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Biotechnology