PhD position

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

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

(Job code 8-2017)

Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD position - Theoretical Biological Physics

Job offer from April 03, 2017

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

For the independent research group of Dr. Karen Aim we seek to fill a PhD position in Theoretical Biological Physics. We are looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our research team.

Our research

How does form and pattern arise in a living organism? Plants are the ideal model system to investigate the interplay of hormones and mechanical forces during growth. In plants a single hormone called auxin forms a variety of different patterns ranging from spots, to streams to fountain-like structures. As part of the newly established research unit 2581 on “Morphodynamics of Plants” we want to investigate how auxin and cell mechanics together give rise to the highly dynamic patterns in roots. To tackle this project you will have access to the tissue simulation developed in our group and to experimental data of growing roots from our collaborators.

Your profile

The PhD candidate should have a Master’s degree (or comparable) in physics, applied mathematics, or in a related field. The ideal candidate should have a background in quantitative biology, soft matter or statistical physics. Programming skills are highly desired.

Our offer

In close collaboration with the Georg August University, a structured PhD program is offered in the graduate program of the Physics Department, or in the graduate program on the Physics of Biological and Complex Systems.

The PhD position is limited to three years. Starting date is September 1, 2017. 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 according to 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.

To apply, please send your CV, publication list, a statement of interests and at least two letters of reference. Your statement of interests should briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining our group. For full consideration please send your application material in a single pdf file, quoting reference no. 08/2017, until May 15, 2017 by email to  

MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. Karen Alim
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen

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