Website Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)

Your tasks:

  • Construction of yeast strains for the production of recombinant proteins with high enzymatic activities for the synthesis of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and establishment of microbial (mixed) cultures on a laboratory scale.
  • Elaboration of a process for the catalysis of FDCA
  • Participation in the drafting of patents for the provision of recombinant yeast strains for fermentation experiments at the IPK and at the project partners ASA Spezialenzyme GmbH (ASA) and Fraunhofer Centre for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP)
  • Publication of the results in scientific journals
  • Participation in future research proposals and projects


Your qualifications and skills:

  • You hold a scientific university degree in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry or a related natural science (e.g. chemistry) with a relevant doctorate.
  • You have strong knowledge in the fields of molecular genetics, microbiology, biochemistry or biotechnology.
  • You have experience in the field of yeast genetics, especially with non-conventional yeasts, is essential.
  • You have experience in the use of common MS Office applications.
  • You have a very good command of English.

You fit to us:

  • If you are interested in natural sciences.
  • If you work independently and in a task-oriented manner.
  • If you would like to work in a renowned research institute with modern equipment and an international atmosphere.
  • If you have already worked with non-conventional yeasts.

If you already have experience in independent project coordination and/or in the implementation of externally funded projects and the ability to organise complex project processes

We offer you:

  • a working environment with opportunities for further education and training and to help shape the future activities of a research focus in the PZB department.
  • cooperation and support from competent colleagues.
  • a full-time position with 40 hours per week, effective immediately and project-limited until 31.03.2026.
  • performance-related remuneration according to TV-L up to remuneration group E13.

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