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PhD position, Bioprocess Engineering

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The Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg, Bioprocess Engineering (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Reichl), has an opening for a:
PhD position
The position is granted for three years at the International Max Planck Research School Magdeburg for Advanced Methods in Process and Systems Engineering (http://www.mpi-magdeburg.mpg.de/imprs) with a salary according to the German pay grade to conduct scientific research. An extension is possible.
Aim of the project:
The Bioprocess Engineering Group develops mathematical models to describe cell growth and virus production for the design and optimization of vaccine manufacturing processes. This includes the analysis of comprehensive experimental data sets generated in our laboratories addressing virus-host cell interaction at the single cell and the cell population level. In the project planned, the focus will be on influenza A virus replication in mammalian cells, defective interfering particle (DIP) formation, and DIP/standard virus co-infection in cell cultures using ODE-based and stochastic models as well as other advanced systems biological tools.
Your profile:
We seek for a candidate with a master's degree in biosystems engineering, biotechnology, computational biology or related engineering and natural science disciplines. Knowledge about model construction, parameter estimation, model simulation and model validation as well as solid experience with programming languages (MATLAB, C++) is appreciated. Moreover, the ideal candidate is highly motivated to work efficiently, self-directed and as part of an interdisciplinary team on scientific challenges.

Note that applications from women are especially welcome and that the Max Planck Society is committed to employing disabled individuals and encourages them to apply.


Contact detail

How to apply:

Please submit your structured CV together with a motivation letter, copies of master and bachelor degrees, high school certificate, and personal references until August 15, 2016 to:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Reichl
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Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Working place
39106 Magdeburg
Area of expertise
Biotechnology, Biology & Life Sciences, Chemical & Process Engineering