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Funded PhD student position (f/m/d): Physics of Multicellular Organization (Biophysics, Quantitative Live Sciences)

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

About the Project

About us:

The Zieske group is an independent research group at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) and associated with the Max Planck Center for Physics and Medicine (MPZPM). We are an interdisciplinary research team with projects in the area of Biophysics, Microfluidics and Synthetic Biology.

The group uses biophysical, cell biological and bioengineering approaches to address how biological patterns, basic cellular functions and multicellular organization emerge from the interactions of their underlying biological building blocks and how these interactions can be controlled by light. In addition, we are interested in lab-on-chip approaches to miniaturize and parallelize these processes and to control them on a systems level.

Various microscopes (in-house or at the Optical Imaging Center Erlangen (OICE)), a mechanics workshop and an electronics workshop allow students to analyze biophysical probes with a diverse set of optical technologies and self-build devices. Our group has access to a state-of-the-art clean-room facility for microfluidics and nano/micro-structure fabrication to develop new Lab-on-Chip environments. A biochemical laboratory enables us to custom-design and isolate proteins and to culture cells.

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Job description:

The successful candidate will conduct an interdisciplinary research program and employ optical microscopy techniques and microfabrication approaches to investigate the emergence of biological patterns and multicellular organization. He/she will investigate the physical properties of multicellular systems and control their assembly with optogenetic switches.

PhD students in our team may leverage a diverse set of optical microscopy techniques, microfluidic technologies, hydrogels, and light-switchable proteins. 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. The salary is based on E13 TVöD Bund (65% level 1 and 2, following the MPG PhD student support contract).

Qualification of PhD candidate:

The successful candidate has a Master degree in (Bio)physics, Bioengineering, Life Sciences 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 of the following areas would be advantageous:

·        optical microscopy or trapping/manipulation of biological objects

·        nano- and micro-fabrication technologies

·        primary mammalian cells and experience with fluorescence microscopy

·        protein reconstitution in artificial environments

·        lipid model membranes

Interested in joining our team?

Send your application including (1) letter of motivation, (2) CV, (3) high school certificate, (4) University certificates and academic records, (5) short summary of previous research experience (6) contact details of two academic references to [Email Address Removed]

Please submit your application by August 31, 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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