Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) in Biological Physics

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Complex Systems Solid State Research & Material Sciences


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Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) in Biological Physics

Job offer from February 19, 2020

For the independent research group “Theory of Biological Fluids” headed by Dr. David Zwicker we seek to fill a Postdoc position (m/f/d) 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” wants to understand how biological organisms organize fluid-like material. For instance, we investigate the airflow in the nasal cavity to unveil how it affects our sense of smell.

The successful candidate will work on physical aspects of olfaction. The goal is to understand how the olfactory information forwarded to the brain depends on the airflow in the nasal cavity, the absorption of odorants in the aqueous mucus, and the presence of odorant binding proteins. Here, analytical insight from simple systems will be combined with numerical simulations in realistic geometries to understand the design principles of nasal cavities.

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 as well as an interest in biological and soft matter physics.

Expertise in computational fluid dynamics and/or transport phenomena 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. Working hours are fulltime. Salary is based on remuneration group 13 of the TVöD-Bund, if the objective and subjective classification requirements are fulfilled. Social benefits according to the regulations for the public service (Federal Service). Furthermore, we offer opportunities regarding work life balance as well as health promotion services. 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

To apply, please apply online with the reference no MPIDS-W044.

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 1st of April 2020 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
37077 Göttingen

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