Ph.D. Positions (m/f) within a research group working in the field of Biophysics / Soft Matter Physics

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

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


Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD Positions (Biophysics / Soft Matter Physics)

Job offer from February 27, 2018

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization is an international research institute. Researchers carry out both experimental and theoretical fundamental research and the institute currently employs about 280 people.

Within the department Dynamics of Complex Fluids headed by Prof. Dr. Stephan Herminghaus, we seek to fill PhD Positions within a research group working in the field of Biophysics / Soft Matter Physics.

The positions

We seek highly motivated, outstanding candidates interested in questions about the research topics “physics of living matter at interfaces” and “microbial 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 offer 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 closely collaborate with experts in microbiology. 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 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 E13 TVöD-Bund. The PhD positions are limited to three years with optional extension if necessary. 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 Physics of Biological and Complex Systems.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. 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 with the reference no. MPIDS-W015 and submit a cover letter, your CV, publication list as well as contact information of two references. Any inquiry, quoting the reference number MPIDS-W015, by email to  until March 31st, 2018.

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