PhD position (m/f) in Biological Physics

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Complex Systems Structural and Cell Biology


Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD position in Biological Physics

Job offer from April 11, 2018

For the independent Max Planck Research Group of Dr. Karen Alim we seek to fill a PhD position in Biological Physics on “Physical Mechanism of Communication during Chemotaxis”, starting 1st September 2018 or earlier. We are looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our research team.

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization at Göttingen, Germany, is an international research institute. It provides an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment performing both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research and currently employs about 300 people.

The research

perform experimental observations of chemotacting P. polycephalum of network-like shape spanning orders of magnitude in size from 500 µm to tens of cm. The large size requires coordination of competing protrusions during chemotaxis, the directed motion up a gradient. P. polycephalum is a paradigm for cell-wide fluid flows and therefore an ideal model to investigate the role of fluid flows in communication among competing protrusions.

  • You will perform experimental observations of chemotacting P. polycephalum of varying sizes and quantify the dynamics of protrusions to identify the mechanism of communication. Candidates are diffusive or flow-based transport of an inhibitory signal or fluid pressure.
  • You will implement the identified mechanism in a model simulation to confirm your finding.

Your profile

  • Master’s degree (or comparable) in biology, experimental physics,or in a related field.
  • Background in quantitative biology, biophysics, or experimental soft matter.
  • Fluency in English and programming experiences.
  • Desire to immerse in interdisciplinary research.

Our offer

The PhD position is limited to three years. The salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists. The salary is 2/3 of E13 TVöD-Bund. Furthermore, we offer opportunities regarding work life balance as well as health promotion services. 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 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 via our application portal with the reference no MPIDS-W017 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 May 13th 2018 will be given full consideration.

Written applications will not be sent back.

Please contact Mrs. Dr. Karen Alim (phone +49551/5176-454 , e-mail:  ) should you have further questions.

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