PhD position - industrial / systems biotechnology

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IBG-1 – Biotechnologie



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

Your Job:


The project aims at further developing Corynebacterium glutamicum as a flexible and carbon-efficient microbial cell factory that converts D-xylose derived from lignocellulosic material into value-added products. The planned work will focus on the application of systems biology tools for the analysis and optimization of different shortcuts in engineered strains. In addition, process development at lab-scale will be continued for two selected organic acids.Your tasks in detail:



  • Quantitative analysis of D-xylose converting C. glutamicum strains

  • Detailed characterization of selected enzymes of shortcut pathways

  • (Micro-scale) fed-batch process development for organic acid production

  • Participation in conferences in Germany and abroad (incl. presenting your research results)

  • Exchange with internal and external project partners

  • Preparing scientific publications and project reports

  • Mentoring students

Your Profile:

  • MSc degree in Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or comparable disciplines, with an overall grade of at least “gut” (or equivalent, e.g. cum laude)
  • Expertise in microbial cultivation technology and bioprocess development
  • Knowledge on metabolism of prokaryotic organisms
  • Experience in mathematical modelling is an advantage
  • Fluent command of written and spoken English
  • High degree of independence and commitment
  • Very reliable and conscientious style of working
  • Excellent ability to cooperate and work in a team

Our Offer:

  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure – ideal conditions for successfully completing a doctoral degree
  • A highly motivated group as well as an international and interdisciplinary working environment at one of Europe’s largest research establishments
  • Chance of participating in (international) conferences and project meetings
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor
  • Doctoral degree conferred by RWTH Aachen University
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme
  • Pay in line with 75 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund)
  • Usually a contract for the duration of 3 years
  • Information on employment as a PhD student at Forschungszentrum Jülich can be found on: www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_Docs

Applications are welcome in English or German.Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019D-179

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