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

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Complex Systems

Job Code: MPIDS-W053

Job offer from March 08, 2021

For the group “Interfaces of complex fluids” of Dr. Stefan Karpitschka, we seek to fill a PhD 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 PhD candidate should have a Master’s degree (or comparable) in physics or in a related field. The ideal candidate has a background in statistical physics, soft matter, or biophysics. Programming skills and experience with optical techniques and biological specimen are highly desired.

Our offer

The PhD position is limited to three years. The salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists. The salary is 2/3 of E13 TVöD-Bund. 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. The PhD position is for three years. 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-W053 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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