PhD student in Mass Spectrometry / Lipidomics / Proteomics (m/f/d)

in the Andrej Shevchenko group, working on "Molar abundance of proteins as a generic molecular signature of the metabolic status of tissues and organisms.

International Max Planck Research School for Cell, Developmental, and Systems Biology (IMPRS-CellDevoSys)


The IMPRS-CellDevoSys is an internationally renowned PhD Program that trains the future leaders in science in the fields of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science. Hallmarks of our program are cutting-edge research projects, a strong focus on interdisciplinarity, and a fine balance between dedicated mentorship and early independence. PhD students are hosted at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD), or the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS), depending on the hosting research group. The IMPRS-CellDevoSys is part of the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP).

The Shevchenko group at MPI-CBG develops mass spectrometry driven technologies, software and analytical applications to understand the rationale behind the molecular organization of lipid and protein complements in cells, tissues, liquid and solid biopsies and entire model organisms.  

We are looking for a highly-motivated and skilled PhD student to join our IMPRS-CellDevoSys in the research group of Andrej Shevchenko, working on the following PhD project:

Molar abundance of proteins as a generic molecular signature of the metabolic status of tissues and organisms

By quantifies absolute (molar) abundances of proteins mass spectrometry determines their stoichiometric ratios in protein complexes and metabolic pathways. We recently found (Penkov et al, 2020) that metabolic transitions are orchestrated by minor changes in stoichiometry of enzymes at the branching points of a metabolic network. Now we would like to expand this approach to major metabolic networks and understand how they change in the course of metabolic disorders.

1. Penkov et al. BMC Biol 2020, 18 (1), 31.
2. Kumar et al. Mol Cell Proteomics 2018, 17 (2), 384-396.
3. Kaptan et al. Aging Cell 2020, 19 (10), e13214.

Qualification of candidate
Successful candidates should hold a Master degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Analytical Biochemistry. Previous experience in mass spectrometry or LC-MS/MS using mass spectrometers of the Orbitrap family is preferred. An excellent command of English together with good communication skills and self-motivation are required.

Salary and duration
This full-time position is available immediately, the starting date can be negotiated and is flexible. The initial contract is typically for 3 years with the possibility of a 1-year prolongation. Please see for more details.

How to apply
All PhD students at MPI-CBG and CSBD are exclusively recruited via the IMPRS-CellDevoSys. Passing the Admission Committee interview is a pre-requisite for acceptance. Kindly refer to for details on the application and admission process. Applications are only accepted through our online system.

More info
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The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer: handicapped individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. The CSBD, the MPI-CBG, and the MPI-PKS aim to increase the number of women in scientific positions. Female candidates are therefore particularly welcome.

We look forward to receiving your application.