PhD position

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

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

Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD position

Job offer from January 26, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization is an internationally focused research institute, where 280 people perform both experimental and theoretical basic research.

Within the SFB 937 `Collective behavior of soft and biological matter’and at the Laboratory for Fluid Dynamics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity by Prof. Eberhard Bodenschatz we seek to fill a PhD position with the topic of research "Pattern formation in the actin cortex of motile cells".

The research

We aim to understand the cytoskeletal dynamics of migrating eukaryotic cells with a particular emphasis on the biomechanical processes that determine cell shape dynamics and membrane pattern formation at the leading edge and its coupling to intracellular processes. We focus on the model organism Dictyostelium discoideum . With microfluidic devices, advanced high-speed and high-resolution optical microscopy, x-ray imaging and nano-diffraction techniques we shall continue our investigations of the signaling dynamics and the reorganization of cytoskeletal biopolymers in the cell cortex with a focus on pseudopod formation, where the cell membrane is locally pushed outwards by actin polymerization. These results will shed light on basic cell migration modes relying on amoeboid motility as found for immune or cancer cells.

The PhD students will apply tools from quantitative biology using mainly optical imaging procedures in addition to microfluidic assays and state of the art computational modeling. The PhD student will further expand already existing collaborations between groups at the University of Göttingen (Chemistry and Physics).


She/he should:

  • be interested in optical imaging techniques and image analysis
  • be interested in microfluidics
  • be interested in biology, non-linear physics and complex systems
  • be willing to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • participating in the mandatory graduate schools (GGnB) including teaching assistance and therefore also have good German and English language skills

Our offer

The position is initially limited to 3 years. 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 pay level E13 of the collective wage agreement for the public service (TVöD Bund).

Your application

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.

For an application, please include a full CV and transcript of records, a motivation letter, two letter of recommendation, quoting reference number 3-2017 and send it via e-mail to

. The position is opened until it is filled.

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Am Fassberg 17
37077 Goettingen

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