MASTER THESIS on „Isolation and characterization of enzyme producing gut microbiota of black soldier fly larvae”

In our team “Advanced Technologies” at DIL German Institute of Food Technologies we are looking for a Master student (m/w/x)

Insects and their gut microbes share a close relationship due to the many beneficial functions performed by the microbes. These functions include the production of enzymes, the detoxification of plant defence compounds and insecticides, the maintenance of the life cycle, host fertility, bioremediation, pest biocontrol, the production of antimicrobial compounds, and the provision of vitamins, amino acids, and lactic acids. Such symbiotic relationships between insects and microorganisms have evolved so that the insects can benefit from the production of key hydrolytic enzymes like amylase, cellulase, lignocellulase, protease, lipid hydrolase, xylanase, pectinase, chitinase, laccase, etc., which aid in the digestion of dietary compounds.

We offer a multi-facetted and demanding range of work in an institute that is growing strongly as well as the possibility of assuming responsibility right from the outset. The DIL is a highly attractive employer as it offers working in a diversified team, numerous possibilities for personal development, integration of the institute in national and international networks and a good working atmosphere. More information can be found on


  • Planning, preparation and execution of experiments, evaluation and statistical analysis of the data
  • Sample collection and preparation
  • Isolation of microorganisms and analysis of their characteristics
  • Measurements of the enzymes’ activities
  • The processing and interpretation of the data
  • Review of the relevant literature and reports
  • Management of the laboratory and precautions
  • You have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the field of microbiology, biotechnology, food science, food technology or a comparable degree.
  • You have good knowledge of (food) microbiology and practical experience in dealing with microorganisms.
  • Insight in edible insect rearing
  • Previous laboratory experience desired
  • Very good knowledge of English and German
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Enjoy working in the lab.
  • Pleasure and interest in new products and technologies, in particular working with insects
  • Critical thinking and independent working skills

Applications should be sent by Enauk to (in English or German) and should include:

• Curriculum Vitae (CV)

• Motivation letter describing your goals, skills, and previous experience

• Study program and regulations

• Full contact details of at least one reference person

• All other relevant information (working experience, volunteering, additional courses, reference letters etc.)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. DIL

Application deadline is 31.03.2023.

Envisaged job starting date: from May/June 2023.

DIL Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e. V.
Prof.-von-Klitzing-Str. 7 · D – 49610 Quakenbrück
Phone: +49 (0)54 31.183 – 0
Fax: +49 (0)54 31.183 – 114
Dr. Kashif ur Rehman
Phone +49 (0)5431 183-346