Postdoctoral position (m/f/d) in Membrane Biophysics

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

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


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PostDoc (m/f/d) in Membrane Biophysics

Job offer from January 10, 2020

For the group “Membrane based biomimetic nano- and microcompartments” of Prof. Dr. Claudia Steinem (Max-Planck fellow), we seek to fill a Postdoctoral position (m/f/d) in Membrane Biophysics. 

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) at Göttingen, Germany, is an international, interdisciplinary and collaborative environment offering an exceptional research setting. It hosts a range of theoretical and experimental fundamental scientific research and a diverse group of researchers. Altogether, it employs about 300 people.

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

The research

As a research fellow, the main part of my group is located at the Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry at the University of Göttingen. The research of the group focuses on membrane-confined processes such as fusion and fission, transport processes mediated by ion channels and protein pumps as well as protein-lipid and protein-protein interactions occurring at the membrane interface. To understand these processes on a molecular level, we pursue a bottom-up approach and develop and apply model membrane systems such as supported lipid bilayers, giant vesicles and pore-spanning membranes suspending nanometer- to micrometer-sized pores. With these model systems in hand, we are able to address specific questions in the area of membrane biochemistry.

Your profile

The Postdoctoral candidate should hold a PhD degree with a background in (bio)chemistry, biophysics or a related field. The ideal candidate should have experience in membrane biochemistry or membrane biophysics as well as surface sensitive methods. Fluency in English is a requirement.

Our offer

We are offering excellent working conditions in a highly interdisciplinary and stimulating research environment. Salary is in accordance with the German state public service salary scale (E13 TVöD-Bund) and the corresponding social benefits. Working hours are full time. We offer opportunities regarding work life balance as well as health promotion services. The postdoctoral position is for two years with the possibility of extension. The starting date is flexible.

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

Please apply on our online application portal with the reference no MPIDS-W041.

and submit your CV, publication list, a statement of research interest, and contacts of two referees. In addition to the description of your proposed research, it should also briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining the group. Processing of applications will start after the deadline of 15.02.2020, and will stop when the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

For questions, please contact:

Prof. Dr. Claudia Steinem
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen


Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Prof. Dr. Claudia Steinem

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