PostDoc/Team Leader "Molecular Biology" in cell culture-based vaccine production

Einsatzort: Magdeburg


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PostDoc/Team Leader "Molecular Biology" in cell culture-based vaccine production

Stellenangebot vom 27.08.2018

The research group Bioprocess Engineering (headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Reichl) at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg seeks an outstanding candidate as a PostDoc/Team Leader "Molecular Biology" in cell culture-based vaccine production.

Job description

The candidate should be proficient in molecular/virological methods, such as cell transfection, cell line engineering (CRISPR/Cas), reverse genetics, real time PCR, Western Blot, and flow cytometry. Our goal is to develop methods for better characterization of virus-host cell interaction (i.e. influenza virus, Modified Vaccinia Ankara virus, flaviviridae), to improve our understanding of intracellular virus replication, and to design animal cells lines for increased virus/viral vector yields.


Candidates need a PhD or an equivalent degree in a relevant discipline and a record of outstanding research that demonstrates originality addressing significant problems in cell culture technology and virology using state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques. Skills in the supervision of technicians and students are desirable. Close collaboration with the teams involved in upstream processing and mathematical modeling of virus dynamics is essential. You must be fluent in English, proficiency in German is preferred.


The Bioprocess Engineering Group provides an excellent international environment for top-notch basic and applied research. We are organized in teams (molecular biology, upstream processing, bioprocess analytics, and mathematical modeling) and perform high-level research in the fields of medical and environmental biotechnology. Our research activities are linked closely to research activities at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg.

Conditions of employment

We offer a position according to the German public pay scale (TVöD). The appointment is for two years with possibility for extension.


The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. The goal is to enhance the percentage of women in functions where they are underrepresented. Women, therefore, are especially encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped people. Applications of handicapped people are particularly welcome.

How to apply

You may apply for this position via email to: 

Interested applicants need to submit a motivation letter, a CV, a publication list with key papers highlighted as well as the names and contact information of three possible contacts for reference letters (latest 30th of September 2018). For further information please contact Mrs. Annegret Frauendienst, email: or visit our home page. We look forward to your application.