Postdoctoral 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


Postdoctoral Position in Biological Physics

Job offer from October 05, 2018

For the independent research group “Theory of Biological Fluids” headed by Dr. David Zwicker we seek to fill a

Postdoctoral 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

The research group “Theory of Biological Fluids” focuses on understanding how biological organisms organize fluid-like material. For instance, we investigate how cells exploit phase separation to organize their interior and how the emerging droplets are controlled in space and time.

The successful candidate will develop a theory for phase separation of (visco-)elastic matter. The goal is a description of the dynamics of droplets forming in an elastic gel as well as the formation of gel-like droplets in a liquid solvent. In these projects, analytical insight from simple systems will be combined with numerical simulations of coarse-grained models to arrive at descriptions valid for realistic systems investigated by our experimental collaborators.

Your profile

We are looking for excellent, enthusiastic and self-motivated researchers with good communication skills to join our research team. The postdoctoral researcher should have a PhD in theoretical physics, applied mathematics, or a related field and a solid background as well as interest in biological and soft matter physics.

Expertise in elasticity theory and/or the theory of phase separation are a plus. Programming skills are highly desirable. Fluency in both written and spoken English is required. The researcher should show eagerness to learn new skills and apply established ones.

Our offer

We are offering excellent working conditions in a highly international and interdisciplinary research environment. The postdoctoral position is limited to two years with the possibility of extension. Salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for scientists. Working hours are fulltime; salary is E13 TVöD-Bund. Furthermore, we offer opportunities regarding work life balance as well as health promotion services. The starting date is flexible, but should start as soon as possible.

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-W025:

and submit a motivation letter, a CV, a list of publications, and contacts of two referees. Your motivation letter should briefly describe your research interests and state why you want to join the group. Applications received before 15th of November 2018 will be given full consideration.


Written applications will not be sent back.

Please contact

Dr. David Zwicker

should you have further questions.

Max Planck Institute for

Dynamics and Self-Organization

Dr. David Zwicker

Am Faßberg 17

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