PhD position (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Complex Systems Structural and Cell Biology


Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD position (m/f/d)

Job offer from June 14, 2019

In the laboratory of the department “Fluid Physics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity” we seek to fill as soon as possible one PhD position (m/f/d) for our research project on fundamentals of cilia-based fluid flow.

The research

In nature, fluid transport in the micrometer to millimeter range and the propulsion of microorganisms depend on cilia and flagella. Their beating is driven by the interaction between their building blocks: microtubules and molecular motors. The non-equilibrium nature of the motor proteins is essential because the force of the motors on the microtubules causes them to buckle and bend.

The project focuses on the bottom-up development of artificial cilia by assembling the few building blocks the natural cilia are constituted of. Through the use of patterning techniques, the beating structures are attached to surfaces to mimic natural ciliated systems. The hydrodynamic interactions of the synthetic cilia and their ability to transport fluids will be studied. This synthetic approach can provide new insights into the beating strategy of natural cilia, which is still a puzzle today.

Your profile

Exceptional candidates of any nationality are eligible to apply, but they must not have spent more than one of the past three years in Germany and obtained their MS degree within the last four years.

The PhD candidates should have:

  • A Master’s degree in physics or chemistry, or related disciplines from a recognized university.
  • Interest in one or more of the following research areas:  Fluid Physics, Biophysics, Physical Chemistry, Soft Matter Physics and Condensed Matter Physics.
  • Strong quantitative skills (data analysis, image processing).
  • Ability and desire to work in a multi-disciplinary international team.

Our offer

We are soliciting applications for PhD research in the MaMi Innovative Training Network (ITN). MaMi is an EU-sponsored Marie Skłodowska-Curie network that generously funds 15 PhD positions in France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Slovenia and Spain. The aim is to catalyze a new field, coupling magnetic forces with bio-inspired local flow control, thereby creating new concepts that will transform microfluidics. The structured three-year PhD projects will include internships to partner laboratories, and industrial work experience. Salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the EU.

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-W036 and submit a cover letter, your CV, a motivation letter, and two letters of reference.

Written applications will not be sent back.

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Prof. Eberhard Bodenschatz
Am Faßberg 17
D-37077 Göttingen

Please, contact

Dr. Isabellla Guido () should you have further questions.


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