EditPostdoctoral position in Fluid Physics

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Complex Systems

(MPIDS-W010 )

Type of Job


Postdoctoral position in Fluid Physics

Job offer from December 12, 2017

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

For the newly established group “Interfaces of complex fluids” of Dr. Stefan Karpitschka, we seek to fill a Postdoctoral position in Fluid Physics.

We are looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our research team. We offer excellent working conditions in a highly international research environment.

The research group is part of the department of complex fluids and the international Max Planck – University of Twente Center for Complex Fluid Dynamics . The research of the group focuses on the behavior of complex fluids in heterogeneous environments and non-equilibrium situations. Classical descriptions e.g. of wetting or evaporation break down, and the fluid physics are governed by compositional gradients at the fluid interfaces. Although we seek for fundamental understanding of such processes, our topics are immediately relevant for technological applications like the processing of semiconductor surfaces or ink-jet printing.


The Postdoctoral candidate should hold a PhD degree with a background in experimental fluid dynamics or a related field. The ideal candidate should have experience in wetting or soft matter physics, ideally with optical velocimetry techniques. Fluency in English and programming experiences are requirements.

Our offer

The Postdoctoral position is limited to two years with the possibility of extension. Earliest starting date is February 1, 2018. Salary is in accordance with the German state public service salary scale (E13 TVöD-Bund) and the accordant social benefits by the Max Planck Society.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its work-force 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 online with the reference no. MPIDS-W010 and submit a cover letter, your CV, publication list as well as contact information of two references. Your cover letter should briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining our group. Applications received before January 31st 2018 will be given full consideration. Please contact Stefan Karpitschka () should you have further questions.

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. Stefan Karpitschka
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen

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