PhD student (m/f/d) | Metabolome and metabolic flux analyses to investigate transitions between heterotrophic and autotrophic growth



November 12, 2021


The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Molecular Plant Physiology was founded on 1st January 1994 under the founding director Prof. Dr. Lothar Willmitzer. About 360 employees from all over the world work on researching the secrets of plants. The Institute's work focuses on research into processes that determine or influence plant growth and biomass production.

The MPI for Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam is looking for the next possible date in the group „Applied Metabolome Analysis” under the supervision of Dr. Joachim Kopka for a highly motivated PhD student (m/f/d).

The PhD position is awarded as part of the subproject "Metabolome and metabolic flux analyses to investigate transitions between heterotrophic and autotrophic growth" of the DFG research project SCyCode (the Autotrophy- Heterotrophy Switch in Cyanobacteria: Coherent Decision-Making at Multiple Regulatory Levels).

In the project stable isotope labelling techniques will be applied to cyanobacteria in photo-bioreactors to study the routes of carbon assimilation in cyanobacteria wild type and selected mutants under diverse environments.

What is expected:
  • We look for but do not require prior experience in one or more of the following aspects:

  • Molecular physiology or biotechnology of cyanobacteria, algae, plants and/or microorganisms

  • Experimental and analytical technologies of metabolome and/or metabolic flux studies
  • Statistical and/or bioinformatics data evaluation methods

  • Good command of German and/or English (oral and written)

  • A very interested, organized and team-minded person with enthusiasm for and interest in basic research with applied aspects
  • A person highly capable of interactive studies with the framework of a multidisciplinary research unit
  • What is offered:
  • PhD position for three years payed according to German public service pay scale (TVÖD Bund), gross salary per month 2.673 EUR in the first year, 2.889 EUR in the second and third year
  • Competent mentoring and participation in further training events
  • Working in an international team of cooperative and motivated scientists
  • Access to the infrastructure of one of the leading plant science institutes in the world
  • Working near by the exciting urban area of Berlin
  • How to apply:

    Complete Applications should be sent by 12th November 2021

    preferably by email to:

    or by post to:

    MPI for Molecular Plant Physiology J. Kopka Am Muehlenberg 1 14476 Potsdam Germany

    For further information please contact Dr. Joachim Kopka.

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