PhD position

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Complex Systems Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics Immunobiology and Infection Biology & Medicine


Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD position (Information Processing in Evolving Populations)

Job offer from October 06, 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. Armita Nourmohammad we seek to fill a PhD position in Information Processing in Evolving Populations.

We are looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join this research group.

The project

Adaptive Darwinian evolution is an act of information processing: populations sense and measure the state of their environment and adapt by changing their configurations accordingly. This process is limited by the mutations accessible over a finite number of generations. Changes of the environment result in an irreversible out-of-equilibrium adaptive evolution, with a constant flow of information. In our group we will explore the fundamental limits in evolution and ecology by combining theoretical approach grounded in statistical physics and information theory with molecular data, e.g. DNA sequences. In particular, we are interested in co-evolution of the adaptive immune system and rapidly evolving pathogens such as HIV. To tackle this problem, you will have to develop stochastic models for the evolutionary process and apply numerical and analytical techniques to study the underlying dynamics.

The position and our offer

The PhD position is limited to three years and will be open from November 1, 2017.

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. PhD candidates can also join the newly established international Max Planck Research School for Genome Science (IMPRS-GS). The salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists, salary is 2/3 of E13 TVöD-Bund.

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. 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 profile

The PhD candidate should have a Master’s degree (or comparable) in physics, applied mathematics, or in a related field. The ideal candidate should have a background in statistical physics, quantitative biology or population genetics. Programming skills are highly desired.

Your application

Applications via our online application portal with the reference no. MPIDS-W002:  and submit your CV, publication list, a brief statement of research interests and contacts of two referees. Your statement of interests should briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining our group. The position is opened until it is filled. Once it is filled, all applicants will be informed about the final decision.

MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. Armita Nourmohammad
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen

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