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Funded PhD student position (f/m/d): Biophysics / Quantitative Biology (Lipid membranes/ Cell-free reconstitution of proteins / Optical control)


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  Dr Katja Zieske  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The research group of Dr. Katja Zieske invites applications for a

PhD student (f/m/d) in Biophysics / Quantitative Biology

for the project

Cell-free reconstitution and optical control of proteins at lipid membranes

About us:

The Zieske group is an independent research group at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. We are an interdisciplinary research team with projects in the area of biophysics, microfluidics and synthetic biology.

Currently, we are looking for a curious and highly motivated PhD student. The successful candidate will conduct an interdisciplinary research program to investigate and control the emergence of protein patterns. He/she will use lipid membrane systems and purified proteins for bottom-up reconstitution and systematic control of minimal protein systems.

PhD students in our team may leverage a diverse set of lipid model membranes, optical microscopy techniques and microfluidic technologies. PhD students will be given the opportunity to design and conduct experiments and to present research results at scientific meetings.

The project duration is 3 years.

Qualification of PhD candidate:

The successful candidate should hold a Master degree in experimental (Bio)physics, synthetic biology, life sciences, bioengineering or a related field. We are looking for a highly curious team member with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research between physics and synthetic biology. A strong interest in microscopy/optical techniques and microfluidic manipulation of biological objects and an ability to independently take responsibility over an own project is fundamental to this position. Experience in one or several of the following areas would be advantageous:

·        Lipid model membranes

·        Protein purification using a chromatography system

·        Fluorescence microscopy quantitative image analysis and programming

·        Single molecule studies with proteins

·        Protein reconstitution

Interested in joining our team?

Send your application including letter of motivation, CV, summary of Master thesis project, transcript of records (Bachelor and Master studies), school leaving certificate and contact details of two academic references to [Email Address Removed]

Please submit your application by October 20, 2022.

The Max Planck Society strives to ensure a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities irrespective of gender, nationality or disabilities of the applicants. Furthermore, 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.

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