Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS)

PhD position (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

Göttingen, Germany

In the independent Max Planck Research Group “Theory of Biological Fluids” we seek to fill a

PhD 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” focuses on understanding how biological organisms organize fluid-like material. For instance, we investigate how cells exploit phase separation to organize their interior and how the emerging droplets are controlled in space and time.

The successful candidate will analyse the effect of thermal fluctuations on the dynamics of active droplets. The aim is to understand how chemical reactions affect the nucleation of droplets in non-equilibrium environments, e.g., in biological cells. The project will rely on a combination of numerical simulations and analytical calculations.

Your profile

We are looking for excellent, enthusiastic and self-motivated early-career researchers with good communication skills to join our research team.
The PhD candidate should have:

  • A Master’s degree (or comparable) in physics, applied mathematics, or related disciplines from a recognized university.
  • Interest in biological physics, soft matter, statistical physics, and programming.
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and apply established ones.
    + Good command of the English language.

Our offer

We are offering excellent working conditions in a highly international and interdisciplinary research environment. Salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists. Working hours are fulltime; 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 limited to three years. The starting date is flexible, but should be as early as possible.

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 follow this link with the reference no MPIDS-W035: and submit a cover letter, your CV, and the contact information of two references. Your cover letter should briefly describe your past and current research and state why you are interested in joining our group. Applications received before 1st of July 2019 will be given full consideration.

Written applications will not be sent back.

Please contact David Zwicker (phone +49 551/5176-451;
email address: should you have further questions.

Max Planck Institute for
Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. David Zwicker
Am Faßberg 17
D-37077 Göttingen

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Quote Reference: MPIDS-W035