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Postdoctoral Position (m/f/div) in Synthetic Biology

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology
Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen (DE)
Closing date
18 Aug 2024

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Chemistry, Physics
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term


The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund is part of the Max Planck Society and has a focus on biomedical basic research. Here are working around 500 employees from more than 30 nations.

The Department of Systemic Cell Biology (Prof. Dr. Bastiaens) at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund is offering a

Postdoctoral Position (m/f/div) in Synthetic Biology

to work in a multidisciplinary team on reconstituting life-like processes by encapsulation of (bio)chemical polymers and enzymes.

In the context of studying how living cells perceive and react to their environment in dependence on their history, the Department of Systemic Cell Biology generates morphogenic systems by encapsulation of interacting dynamic (bio)chemical polymers and enzymatic activities in operational closure ( The candidate will build on this work on reconstituting self-referencing biochemical networks to create replicating life-like systems.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, inquisitive, and creative team player with a PhD in biophysics, physical chemistry, chemical biology, or biochemistry to join our team. The candidate should preferentially have additional experience with any of the following disciplines: protein (bio)chemistry, enzymology, physical chemistry of lipid assemblies, reconstitution of dynamic (bio)chemical systems. She / He should have a keen interest in studying how (bio)chemical reaction dynamics at a deformable boundary generate morphodynamic patterns that contain information on a changing environment. Ideally, the candidate has also knowledge about photonics and advanced image processing.

The position is available immediately and is limited to two years with the possibility of prolongation. Financial compensation will be carried out according to the public service remuneration scheme TVöD.

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.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity within its workforce.

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.

Please send your application documents including cover letter, current CV, copies of certificates, and two references as one document to by August 18th, 2024.

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