PhD position “Systems metabolic engineering for industrial biotechnology” (m/f/d)

Our expertise – Institute of Systems Biotechnology – iSBio
We are an internationally leading research institute of Saarland University, located in the heart of Europe, close to France and Luxemburg. Headed by Prof. Christoph Wittmann, our team of dedicated scientists works on systems biology, systems biotechnology, and systems metabolic engineering. We design tailor-made cell factories and bioprocesses for industrial applications. We provide cutting-edge technology platforms for systems-wide omics analysis of microbes (including transcriptomics, 13C fluxomics, and metabolomics) and their genomic engineering, highly-equipped bioprocess laboratories for cultivation, as well as software tools for computational biology. Since 20 years, we successfully act as partners in collaborative projects and cooperate globally with universities, research institutes, and industrial companies. Our PhD alumni work in leading research institutes and biotech companies.

Activities and responsibilities

Your role
Within our team of metabolic engineers, you will design and create novel producer strains to convert renewables into value-added products. This will be supported by omics analyses, involving collaborations with different national and international partners. You will present and publish the data at international meetings and in high-impact scientific journals. In your work, you will apply the following techniques:
  • Genetic strain engineering
  • Multiple omics analysis, incl. 13C fluxomics, metabolomics and transcriptomics
  • Strain characterization in shake flasks and parallelized mini-bioreactors
  • Fermentation and bioprocess optimization

Qualification profile

Your profile
  • Very good master degree in biotechnology, bioengineering or a related field with a solid background in quantitative bioengineering
  • Out-going personality and excellent teamwork skills
  • High self-motivation and passion for science
  • Excellent communication skills; including English language


Our offer
We offer a PhD position (TVL E13 50%, fixed term contract 3 years), dedicated to systems metabolic engineering of industrial microorganisms. The position is open from May 1st 2019.

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The next step is yours. Work contract and salary will accord to the respective collective agreement, i.e. TV-L. Saarland University aims to increase the number of women in this field. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply for this position. Physically handicapped persons will be preferred in case equally qualified. We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, transcripts, and contact details of 2 referees. Please refer to reference ISBIO2 in your application. Closing date for applications is April 30, 2019. Please submit your application as a single PDF file to

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About Institut für Systembiotechnologie

Das Institut für Systembiotechnologie (Universität des Saarlandes) befasst sich mit dem Design und der Optimierung von maßgeschneiderten Zellfabriken für die nachhaltige Herstellung von Chemikalien, Materialien und Wirkstoffen. Unsere wissensbasierten Entwicklungen beruhen auf experimentellen und computergestützten Ansätzen, die eine umfassende Analyse der komplexen biologischen Systeme...

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