PhD position (m/f) in Biological Physics

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

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


Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD position in Biological Physics

Job offer from August 31, 2018

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in 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.

For the Research Group of Dr. Stefan Karpitschka in the Department Dynamics of Complex Fluids we seek to fill a  PhD position in Biological Physics on “Pattern formation in biofilms”, starting 1st January 2019 or earlier. We are looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our research team.

The research

Experimental investigation of biofilm formation and (re-)organization for various motile microorganisms, bridging the length scales from individuals to macroscopic colonies. Biofilm architecture is influenced by the motility and interaction of the microorganisms that form it. Can macroscopic patterns be predicted from the properties of the constituents, or vice versa?

  • You will perform experimental observations of motile microorganisms in various environmental geometries and quantify the dynamics of emerging macroscopic patterns.
  • You will develop state-of-the art machine vision algorithms to analyze the experimental data on our GPU cluster.

Your profile

  • Master’s degree (or comparable) in biology, experimental physics, or in a related field.
  • Background in biophysics or experimental soft matter science.
  • 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 (German public service pay scale). 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

To apply, please follow this link with the reference no MPIDS-W023 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 October 7th 2018 will be given full consideration.

Written applications will not be sent back.

Please contact Dr. Stefan Karpitschka (+49551/5176-262, should you have further questions.

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. Stefan Karpitschka
Am Faßberg 17
D-37077 Göttingen

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