Bachelor /Master Project

A number of different research projects is available in the Research Group Experimental Ecology and Evolution. Depending on the applicant’s interest, one or more of the following topics can be combined for a bachelor or master thesis.

Potential topics are:

  • Coevolutionary dynamics of mutualistic bacterial consortia
  • Stability and productivity of cross-feeding microbial communities
  • Inter-­cellular flux rates of essential metabolites (i.e. production and uptake of amino acids and incorporation into the proteome of E. coli) within microbial communities


  • Coevolution and coculture experiments (bacterial consortia with different ecological interactions: mutualism <=> parasitism)
  • Flow cytometry
  • Methods of analytical chemistry (i.e. LC/MS/MS, IR-­‐GC/MS)

Start: now (16.04.2012) – position is open until filled

Who: Highly motivated and interested students, preferentially with a background in microbiology, ecology, evolution, biotechnology, or analytical chemistry.

Dr. Christian Kost
Research Group Experimental Ecology and Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Phone: 03641 57-1212
E-mail: ckost [at]