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 12, 2018

In the Independent Max Planck Research Group “Theory of Biological Fluids” we seek to fill a PhD position in Biological Physics. 

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

The research

Possible research areas for the PhD project include:

  • Numerical and/or theoretical investigation of the interaction of active droplets driven by chemical reactions. Such droplets play a role in organizing biological cells and at the origin of life.
  • Numerical and/or theoretical investigation of the airflow in human noses and the associated transport of odor molecules. The goal is to understand the connection between nasal geometry and function as well as our sense of smell.

Your profile

We are looking for excellent, enthusiastic and self-motivated early-career researchers with good communication skills to join our research team.

The PhD candidate should have:

  • A Master’s degree (or comparable) in physics, applied mathematics, or related disciplines from a recognized university.
  • Interest in biological physics, fluid dynamics, statistical physics, and programming.
  • Strong quantitative skills (data analysis, programming).
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and apply established ones.
  • Good command of the English language.

Our offer

The PhD position is limited to three years. The starting date is flexible, but should start as soon as possible. We are offering excellent working conditions in a highly international and interdisciplinary research environment. Salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists. Working hours are fulltime; salary is 2/3 of E13 TVöD-Bund. 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 the 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 online application portal with the reference no MPIDS-W018 and submit a cover letter, your CV, a publication list, and the contact information of two references. Your cover letter should briefly describe your past and current research and state why you are interested in joining our group. Applications received before 20th of May 2018 will be given full consideration. 

Written applications will not be sent back.

Please contact David Zwicker (phone +49 551/5176-451; e-mail address: ) should you have further questions.

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

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