PhD Student “Mathematical modelling and identification of self-organizing biomimetic systems”

The Department “Process Systems Engineering” (Director: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher) at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems is inviting applications as
PhD Student
payment follows TVöD (Salary Class 75% E13)
for the topic “Mathematical modelling and identification of self-organizing biomimetic systems
The position is to be filled as soon as possible, limited to three years with the possibility of extension.

The advertised position is embedded into the joint research project MaxSynBio, sponsored by the Max Planck Society, and by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The overall objective of MaxSynBio is the rational synthesis of functional biological systems from molecular modules (bottom-up synthetic biology approach). Further information is available on:

Activities and responsibilities

  • Formulation, implementation, and simulation of mathematical models of biological systems
  • Model identification from experimental data provided by partners within the MaxSynBio project
  • Support of the partners' experimental work by Optimal Experimental Design methods

Qualification profile

Suitable candidates
  • hold a master’s degree in the engineering or natural sciences, preferentially in Biosystems Engineering, System Sciences, Technical Cybernetics, Physics, or related disciplines with grades above average
  • have strong interest in system-theoretical approaches
  • have strong communication skills and motivation for a close cooperation with experimentalists
Knowledge and experience in Systems Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry will be an advantage. 


  • We offer the support for scientific qualification
  • close scientific exchange between the national and international research teams
  • Payment and benefits are in accordance with public collective agreement
For further information please contact:
Dr.-Ing. Ivan Ivanov

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the proportion of employed women in those areas where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourages women to apply for this position. The Max Planck Society also seeks to employ more severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons are explicitly encouraged.

Send application to

Please, send your application documents, including curriculum vitae and references, by e-mail until April 30, 2019 at the latest to the following address:
Max Planck Institute for Dynamic of Complex Technical Systems
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher
Attn: Ulrike Papajewski
Sandtorstraße 1, D-39106 Magdeburg, Germany
Please send your E-Mail application with the subject „MaxSynBio PhD application Ref. 2019-3“.

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: MaxSynBio PhD application Ref. 2019-3

About Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Dynamical Systems

In 1996 the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems was established. The founding director is Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Ernst Dieter Gilles. The institute in Magdeburg is the first institute of the Max Planck Society dedicated to the engineering sciences and is intended to bridge the gap between basic research and industrial applications. At present 240 employees are...

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