The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light research covers a wide range of topics, including nonlinear optics, quantum optics, nanophotonics, photonic crystal fibres, optomechanics, quantum technologies, biophysics, and links between physics and medicine.
PhD student position (f/m/d)
in Biophysics or Quantitative Life Sciences
The Zieske group is an independent research group at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. We are an interdisciplinary research team with projects in the area of biophysics, microfluidics and synthetic biology.
Currently, we are looking for two creative and highly motivated PhD students. The successful candidates will conduct an interdisciplinary research program and address how light can be used to control the emergence of patterns, basic cellular functions and multicellular organization. They will investigate the physical properties of membrane compartments and multicellular systems with light-switchable properties. PhD students in our team may leverage a diverse set of lipid model membranes, optical microscopy techniques, light-switchable proteins, cellular systems and microfluidic technologies. PhD students will be given the opportunity to design and conduct experiments and to present research results at scientific meetings.
The project duration is 3 years. The salary is based on E13 TVöD Bund (65% level 1 and 2, following the MPG PhD student support contract).
Qualification of PhD candidate:
The successful candidate has a background in (Bio)physics, synthetic Biology or a related field. We are looking for creative team members with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research between biophysics and synthetic biology. We are looking for candidates with strong interests in microscopy/optical techniques and microfluidic manipulation of biological objects. Applicants should have prior experience in one or several of the following areas:
· optical microscopy/trapping/manipulation of biological objects
· nano- and micro-fabrication technologies
· quantitative image analysis
· programming (Matlab, Python, or similar)
· mammalian cell engineering and experience with fluorescence microscopy
· protein reconstitution in artificial environments
· lipid model membranes
Interested in joining our team?
Send your application including letter of motivation, CV, transcript of records and contact details of two academic references to email@example.com
We will start interviewing candidates immediately until the positions are filled.
The Max Planck Society strives to ensure a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities irrespective of gender, nationality or disabilities of the applicants. Furthermore, 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.
Tagged as: Life Sciences, Physics
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