Group Leader positions (m/f)

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Complex Systems

(MPIDS-W005 )

Type of Job


Group Leader positions

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.

Group Leader positions Reference no. MPIDS-W005.

The position

We are looking for excellent and highly motivated researchers with some postdoctoral research experience in the general area of Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics of Biological Systems and Soft Matter to join our 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. This theoretical and conceptual challenge will require the use of the full spectrum of analytical and computational techniques. We aim to build the necessary all-encompassing technical expertise in the department, and invite applicants with the relevant experience in any part of the spectrum to apply. The Group Leaders are expected to help set up and maintain the technical expertise, pursue research at the highest standards in their own respective areas, and contribute actively to collaborative and complementary research across the department.

Our offer

The Group Leader positions are limited to five years with some flexibility and their holders are expected to be able to use the well-supported positions to develop their careers to the level that will make them qualify for competitive international academic or senior research positions elsewhere. 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. Salary is in accordance with the German state public service salary scale (E14 TVöD-Bund) and the corresponding social benefits, and is commensurate with experience. The earliest starting date is 1st March, 2018.

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 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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