PhD Positions

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

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

(Job code 5-2017)

Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD Positions - Soft Matter Physics

Job offer from March 09, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization is an international research institute that conducts both experimental and theoretical basis research. It currently has a workforce of about 280.

The department Dynamics of Complex Fluids, headed by Prof. Dr. Stephan Herminghaus, is currently seeking to fill PhD Positions within a research group working in the field of Biophysics (Soft Matter Physics).

The position

We are seeking highly motivated, outstanding candidates interested in questions related to the research topics "physics of living matter at interfaces" and "life in complex geometries".

The research group headed by Dr. Oliver Bäumchen combines concepts from soft matter physics, biophysics, statistical physics, and micro/nanofluidics. The experimental methods include advanced optical microscopy techniques based on high-speed, fluorescence and contrast-enhancing imaging modes. The group combines these methods with novel high-precision force spectroscopy techniques for time-resolved measurements of interfacial forces in living cells, microorganisms and biological tissue.

We are offering excellent working conditions in a highly international research environment. The successful candidates will join an active, interdisciplinary team involved in international collaborations. They will design and conduct in vivo experiments on interfacial forces in living cells and motile microorganisms. In particular, we study model organisms such as photoactive microalgae and their motility and adhesion at surfaces. Our goal is to understand the physical aspects of microbiological life in natural habitats. Our results entail important implications e.g. for the formation of biofilms in natural and technological settings.

Your profile

The PhD candidates should have a Master's or comparable degree in physics, biophysics or in a related subject. A background in the field of biophysics or soft matter physics is desirable. Good experimental skills and knowledge of experimental techniques, image processing and data analysis are required, programming skills (e.g. Matlab) are desirable. Fluency in both written and spoken English is required.

Our offer

The salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists; salary is 2/3 of pay level E13 of the collective wage argeement for the public service (TVöD Bund). The PhD positions are limited to three years with optional extension if necessary.

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. Furthermore, 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

Applications should include a CV, a list of publications, contacts of two referees, and a brief statement of interests. Please send your application or any inquiry, quoting the reference number no. 05-2017, by email to in one pdf-file until April 15th, 2017.

MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization 
Dr. Oliver Bäumchen
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen

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