The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology is a research institute of the Max Planck Society. It was founded in 1992 in the State of Bremen and employs around 200 staff members. In close collaboration with numerous university and non-university research institutions, we explore the diversity and function of microorganisms in the ocean and their interactions with their environment. Scientists from all over the world, engineers, technicians and administrative staff together make an important contribution to global marine and environmental research.

In the Mi­cro­bi­al Me­ta­bo­lism Group we are searching for a

Research assistant (f/m/d)

The position is part of a Novo Nordisk foundation grant.

This Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme unites Dr. André Luis Alves Neves specialist in animal science, Dr. Tristan Wagner expert in anaerobic protein biochemistry, and Prof. Lennart Bunch, a well-renowned medicinal chemist. The three teams aim to develop new molecular tools through drug design to mitigate methane emissions from ruminants. The project targets a key enzyme required for methanogenesis containing metal clusters sensitive to oxygen. The candidate will routinely cultivate a methanogenic archaeon in an anaerobic fermenter, purify the enzyme under anaerobic conditions and measure its activity upon inhibitor addition. The enzyme in complex with potent inhibitors will be crystallized, and their structures will be solved and analyzed. It is an ideal position as a bridge between academia and industrial application.

What we expect from you:

What we offer:

The position is offered as a 2 years full-time appointment. The salary is according to the German system for public employees (E 13 TVöD Bund).

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality.

Are you interested?

Deadline is October 09, 2022. Applications for this position will only be accepted via our online application portal. For further information please contact Dr. Tristan Wagner (

We are looking forward to your application!

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