Positions available

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

Bachelor/Master/PhD/Post-doc (m/f)

in Biological Physics.

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.

A 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.

A 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.

A Bachelor or Master candidate should be pursuing a degree in physics, biology or a related field. Previous research experience is a plus.

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 (to be sent separately). Your statement of interests should briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining our group. Please send your application material by email to karen.alim@ds.mpg.de.