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

PhD Student (f/m/d)

The position is part of the DFG-funded research project ETHOX.

Project in the field of anaerobic biochemistry and microbiology
The project team Alkane-oxidizing Archaea led by Dr. Tristan Wagner (MPI for Marine Microbiology) and Dr. Gunter Wegener (MARUM), aims at the molecular and functional characterization of enzymes involved in anaerobic alkane-degradation. The DFG-funded project ETHOX targets the understanding of ethane anaerobic oxidation in archaea. In particular, we are interested in the enzymatic mechanisms that allow these archaea to convert CoM-bound ethyl units to acetyl-CoA. The candidate will perform anoxic enzymatic assays on cell extracts and purified proteins from the native organism. Moreover, the enzymes from the pathway will be crystallized, and their structures will be solved and analyzed.

What we expect from you:

What we offer:

The position is offered as a 3 years full-time appointment. The salary is according to the German system for public employees (E 13 TVöD Bund 65 % ).

The Max Planck Society strives for equality and diversity. We welcome applicants regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disabilities.

Are you interested?

Deadline is October 31, 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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