Gauss Fellows (m/f)

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Complex Systems


Type of Job


Gauss Fellows

Job offer from December 21, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) at Göttingen, Germany, is an international, interdisciplinary and collaborative environment offering an exceptional research setting. It hosts a range of experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research, and it currently employs a diverse group of researchers of about 280 people.

The MPI-DS has recently appointed Oxford University theoretical physicist Prof. Ramin Golestanian as a new Director, and he is currently in the process of establishing the Department of Living Matter Physics. The new department will engage in a wide range of theoretical research aimed at a multi-scale understanding of the dynamics of living systems from a physical perspective. In connection with the launch of this major research initiative at MPI-DS, we expect to have several open positions at a variety of levels.

Gauss Fellows (Reference no. MPIDS-W006)

The department will have up to two research positions entitled Gauss Fellows. These prestigious positions are aimed at postdoctoral researchers who have shown exceptional promise in their doctoral or early postdoctoral work, which needs to be in a relevant field. Gauss Fellows are expected to perform research of the highest standards in physics of living matter, and will have the freedom to join any active research area in the department. Our aim is to understand the complex dynamics of living matter well enough to be able to make it from the bottom-up; i.e. from molecules to systems.

Your profile

The candidate should hold a PhD/DPhil degree with a background in theoretical physics, applied mathematics, or a related field, have prior experience with nonequilibrium statistical physics of biological systems and soft matter, and be fluent in English language. The Gauss fellowship is limited to two years with the possibility of extension. Salary is in accordance with the German state public service salary scale (E13 TVöD-Bund) and the corresponding social benefits. The earliest starting date is 1st March, 2018.

Our offer

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

Please apply online on our application portal. Applications in writing will not be sent back.

Please send your CV, publication list, a statement of research interest and at least two letters of reference. Your statement of research interest should be commensurate with the position you are applying to. In addition to the description of your proposed research if relevant (depending on the position you are applying to), it should also briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining our department. The positions are open until they are filled. Once a position is filled, all applicants will be informed about the final decisions.

Please contact Prof. Ramin Golestanian () if you should have further questions.

MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Prof. Dr. Ramin Golestanian
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen

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