Job Opportunities

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PhD/Postdoctoral Postitions (m/f) in Biological Physics, Gottingen, Germany


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 250 people.

For the newly established independent research group of Dr. Karen Alim we seek to fill PhD/Postdoctoral positions (m/f) in Biological Physics.

We are looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our research team.

The research of the independent Max Planck research group combines theoretical and experimental methods to identify the physical principles underlying the formation and adaptation of biological organisms. Currently, we investigate the mechanics of plant growth and the fluid dynamics enabling the slime mold Physarum polycephalum to adapt its network-like body to its environment.

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization is a highly international, interdisciplinary and collaborative environment offering an exceptional research setting, which is complemented with international experimental collaborations.

The Postdoctoral position is limited to two years with the possibility of extension. Starting date is October 1, 2015.

The Postdoctoral candidate should hold a PhD degree in biology, experimental physics, theoretical physics, applied mathematics, or in a related field. The ideal experimental candidate should have experience with biological systems and quantitative data analysis. The ideal theoretical candidate should have experience in statistical/soft matter physics and programming. Fluency in English is a requirement.

Salary is in accordance with the German state public service salary scale (E13 TVöD-Bund) and the accordant social benefits, or through a fellowship awarded by the Max Planck Society.

The PhD position is limited to three years. Starting date is October 1, 2015.

The PhD candidate should have a Master’s degree (or comparable) in biology, experimental physics, theoretical physics, applied mathematics, or in a related field. The ideal candidate should have a background in quantitative biology, soft matter or statistical physics. Programming skills are highly desired.

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.

Salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society, or in accordance with the German state public service salary scale (E13 TVöD-Bund) and the accordant social benefits.

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 seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

To apply, please send your CV, publication list, a statement of interests and at least two letters of reference. Your statement of interests should briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining our group. For full consideration please send your application material in a single pdf file, quoting reference no. 03/2015, until May 15, 2015 to Dr. Karen Alim at e-mail.

MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization

Dr. Karen Alim

Am Faßberg 17, 37077 Göttingen, Germany

Biological Physics and Morphogenesis

Closing date May 15, 2015

(posted March 10, 2015)



Postdoctoral Postition, University of Kiel, Germany


Position of a `Research Associate´ in the Comparative Immunobiology Group at the Zoological Institute, Department Zoophysiology, University of Kiel, Germany. The position is open at May 1, 2015 and will run for three years with the possibility of prolongation for another 3 years (TV-L E 14, 100%).

We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral fellow with a keen interest in research in Comparative Immunobiology and with ambition to stay in academia. Candidates are supposed to teach in the Bachelor/Master programme in Biology (Zoophysiology, Cell biology - 4 hours a week within the semester). The candidate should hold a PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, or related disciplines. The teaching language in the Bachelor programme of the University is German. Master courses may be held in English. Accordingly, English and German communication skills are required. Previous postdoctoral research would be advantageous. The successful candidate is encouraged to initiate new research projects and to supervise bachelor, master, and doctoral students. This position permits and supports the development of independent research ideas and further qualifications (habilitation).

The candidate should have a strong background and technical experience in molecular biology, protein chemistry and/or cell biology. Research experience with model organisms such as Caenorhabditis elegans, Dictyostelium discoideum, with pathogenic amoebae and/or with antimicrobial peptides/proteins is an advantage. The research interests and publication record of the group in which the candidate should work independently but collaborate with its members can be seen at: Comparative Immunobiology

Kiel University is an equal opportunity employer and aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching. Applications by females are most welcome. Kiel University has been certified by the Hertie Foundation as a family-friendly institution and is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life. The university supports the employment of disabled persons. Persons with disabilities will, with appropriate qualifications and aptitudes, be employed preferentially. Applications by people with a migration background are particularly welcome.

For further information please contact Matthias Leippe e-mail.

Please sent your application containing CV, publication record, a short description of relevant experience and future research interests, authenticated documents, and the names and email addresses of two references via mail or e-mail (here one single pdf containing all information is needed) by March 15, 2015 to:

Prof. Dr. Matthias Leippe
- Zoophysiologie -
Zoologisches Institut der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Olshausenstraße 40
D-24098 Kiel

Closing date March 15, 2015

(posted March 04, 2015)



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