Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (MPIMF)

Postdoctoral position in mechanobiology of cell migration (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (MPIMF)

Heidelberg, Germany

Postdoctoral position in mechanobiology of cell migration (m/f/d)

(Code number 08/2020)

Cell migration- extracellular matrix- integrins

The position is based in the research group of PD Dr. E. Ada Cavalcanti in the Department of Cellular Biophysics, Max Planck Institute of Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany.

The lab is interested in the regulation of cellular and molecular forces and in the identification of mechanisms that regulate mechanotransduction during cell adhesion and migration. In this context, the project focuses on tailoring 1D and quasi 3D environments to direct cell migration as function of integrin ligand density and distribution. The project is supported by the Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung.

At the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, one of the 86 institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, physicists, chemists and biologists create knowledge of long-term relevance to life and basic medical sciences.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its work-force and therefore encou-rages applications from such qualified individuals.
The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all back-grounds. A daycare center for children is located near the institute.

The Department of Cellular Biophysics at the Max Planck Institute of Medical Research provides a highly interdisciplinary research environment and it is equipped with standard facilities for research in cellular biophysics and material science, and to some extent in biochemistry and molecular cell biology.

The position offers training in micro- and nano-fabrication of matrix-inspired materials, state-of-the-art biophysical approaches and force microscopy. The position is offered for 2 years.

We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

• Highly motivated, creative, independent thinker• PhD in biology or related disciplines
• At least 1 first author research paper
• Ability to work independently and capable of interacting within a team
• Skills in molecular and cellular biology methods, microscopy and cell culture
• Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English
• Willing to start as soon as possible

Informal inquiries can be sent to Dr. Dr. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam (

For general questions, please contact Ms. Sabrina Giacalone ( from hu-man resources.

Your application:Applicants should send complete CV, summary of past research and contact information of 2 referees via e-mail as a single PDF file with the above reference to until 15th July 2020.

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Postdoctoral position in mechanobiology of cell migration (m/f/d)