Postdoctoral position (m/f/d) | Experimental Active Matter Physics

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Type of Job


Complex Systems

Job Code: MPIDS-W054

Job offer from March 08, 2021

For the group “Interfaces of complex fluids” of Dr. Stefan Karpitschka, we seek to fill a Postdoctoral position (m/f/d) in Experimental Active Matter Physics. 

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 excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our research team. We offer excellent working conditions in a highly international research environment.

The research

The research of the Karpitschka group focuses on the behavior of complex fluids in heterogeneous environments and non-equilibrium situations. Active matter, and in particular colonies of motile cells, are a prime example of such “fluids”. In this project, the dynamics of colonies of motile bacteria will be investigated. The main focus will be on self-organization and re-organization under dynamic environmental conditions.

Your profile

The Postdoctoral candidate should hold a PhD degree in experimental physics or a related discipline, with a background in statistical physics, soft matter, or biophysics. Programming skills and experience with optical techniques and biological specimen are highly desired..

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, preferably before November 2021.

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 online with the reference no MPIDS-W054 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 our department. Processing of applications will start after the deadline of April 12th 2021, and will stop when the position is filled. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

For questions, please contact:

Dr. Stefan Karpitschka

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. Stefan Karpitschka
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen

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