Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)

Postdoctoral Position to study the ‘Origin-of-cellular-Life’ / Out-of-equilibrium biophysical Systems

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)

Dresden, Germany

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, is a highly visible and international research institute focused on cell and developmental biology. Currently about 500 employees are working at the institute, where half are from abroad with 53 nations represented. MPI-CBG has twice been awarded the title “Best Place to Work” (Academia and postdocs) by the journal “The Scientist”. MPI-CBG lead the list of the top ten research institutions outside the United States shortly after its opening, and is the only German institution listed.

The Kreysing Lab at the MPI-CBG successfully applied for a 1.3M€ collaborative research grant, and is now offering a

Postdoctoral Position to study the ‘Origin-of-cellular-Life’
/ Out-of-equilibrium biophysical Systems

Job Description

Our lab pursues experimental biophysical research. We are interested in the spatiotemporal patterning of living and chemical systems. The lab investigates how the spatial organization of molecules can spontaneously arise. Specifically, we aim to understand how i) temperature gradients, the simplest out-of-equilibrium environments can lead to the selective enrichment of phase-separated protocells, which might have been present during the origin of cellular life.

ii) We seek to understand how emergent material properties of such phase-separated compartments contribute to their distinct physiochemical identities and functions.

Requirements

For this experimental project, we seek a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to complement our lab from a biophysical, physical or quantitative biology perspective.

The candidate should hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and should be familiar with multiple of the following concepts: lab-on-a-chip technologies, microfluidics, next generation sequencing, RNA-protein interactions, polymer biophysics, rheology, phase separation programming for hardware control. Excellent knowledge of English is required.

Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (the salary agreement for public service employees, up to level E13). The contract will be limited to 2 years with the potential of extension. We especially encourage women to apply. This full-time position is available immediately.

Applications should include: a cover letter indicating the motivation to apply for this position, a CV including a publication list, a concise description of previous research accomplishments

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstr. 108
01307 Dresden, Germany
www.mpi-cbg.de

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Quote Reference: 2020-PostDoc-VMK1