Postdoc - Biological Physics

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Complex Systems

(MPIDS W009)

Type of Job


Postdoctoral position - Biological Physics

Job offer from December 05, 2017

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 280 people.

For the newly established independent research group of Dr. David Zwicker we seek to fill a Postdoctoral position in Biological Physics.

We are looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our research team. We offer excellent working conditions in a highly international research environment.

The research of the independent Max Planck research group focuses on understanding how biological or-ganisms organize fluid-like material. For instance, we investigate the fundamental physics of liquid-like droplets driven by non-equilibrium chemical reactions. Such active droplets can divide spontaneously and form mono-disperse emulsions, which is important in structuring biological cells. We also aim to understand how our sense of smell can distinguish such a remarkable variety of different chemicals. In particular, we investigate the airflow during inhalation and the absorption of odor molecules in aqueous mucus to under-stand how such physical processes affect the sense of smell. In both projects, we combine analytical in-sight from simple systems with detailed numerical simulations to arrive at holistic descriptions of realistic systems.

Your profile

The Postdoctoral candidate should hold a PhD degree with a background in theoretical physics, applied mathematics, or a related field. The ideal candidate should have experience in biological/statistical/soft matter physics or dynamical systems. Fluency in English and programming experiences are requirements.

Our offer

The Postdoctoral position is limited to two years with the possibility of extension. Earliest starting date is February 1, 2018. Salary is in accordance with the German state public service salary scale (E13 TVöD-Bund) and the accordant social benefits by the Max Planck Society.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its work-force and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. 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.


Please apply online with the reference no. MPIDS-W009 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 January 15th 2018 will be given full consideration. Interviews will continue until the position is filled. Please contact David Zwicker () 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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