PhD positions

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Neurosciences Structural and Cell Biology Solid State Research & Material Sciences Complex Systems


Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD positions

Job offer from January 26, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Goettingen, Germany, is an international research institute. It performs both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research and currently employs about 280 people.

In the Department Fluid Dynamics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity, we seek to fill two PhD positions with the topic of research “Living foams: bottom-up synthesis of artificial tissue“.

The positions

The PhD positions are initially limited to three years. Research areas include:

  • development of multifunctional minimal cell compartments based on giant liposomes or polymersomes via microfluidics
  • experimental assessment of chemical and mechanical coupling within networks of these compartments based on atomic force microscopy, impedance spectroscopy and multimodal optical imaging
  • formation of actively driven foams in 3-D as well as hybrid structures for tissue engineering applications

Your profile

We are looking for excellent, enthusiastic and self-motivated early-career researchers with good communication skills to join our interdisciplinary research team.

The PhD candidate should

  • have a Master’s degree (or comparable) in Biophysical Chemistry or Biophysics, non-linear dynamics or related disciplines from a recognized university,
  • possess good experimental skills, knowledge of statistics and image analysis as well as the will to blend into a team comprised of physicists, biologists, chemists and engineers
  • participate in the mandatory graduate schools including teaching assistance and therefore also have good English and German language skills

Our offer

We are offering excellent working conditions in a highly international research environment. Close collaborations exist with the Chemistry and Physics departments of the Georg-August-University Göttingen as well as within a synthetic biology initiative of the MPG. Salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists. Working hours are full-time, salary is 2/3 of E13 TVöD-Bund. The Max-Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application

If you are interested in joining our group, please send your CV, a motivation letter, publication list, and two letters of reference, quoting reference no. 02-2017 by email in one pdf file to .

MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Goettingen

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