PhD position in biochemical engineering of industrial microorganisms (m/f)

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 the project, you will design and create novel producers to convert renewables into added-value products. A focus will be on the pretreatment and characterization of the lignocellulosic raw material, to be used by the microorganism as substrate. Bioprocess development will be supported by omics analyses, involving collaboration with 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:
  • Raw material depolymerization and process-related analytics
  • Omics analysis, including 13C fluxomics, metabolomics and transcriptomics
  • Strain characterization in shake flasks and parallelized mini-bioreactors
  • Bioprocess development for newly designed producer strains

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

We offer

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 October 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 ISBIO5 in your application. Closing date for applications is August 31, 2019. Please submit your application as a single PDF file to

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About Institut für Systembiotechnologie

Die Biotechnologie hat das Potential, die industrielle Produktion zu revolutionieren – das Team um Prof. Christoph Wittmann ist mittendrin. Wir entwickeln Designer-Zellfabriken zur maßgeschneiderten Synthese biobasierter Produkte – von hochpreisigen Wirkstoffen für den Gesundheitsbereich, über großvolumige Plattformchemikalien bis hin zu smarten Bio-Materialien. Dafür optimieren wir...
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