Ph.D. position (m/f/d) | Biophysical Chemistry

 At the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, one of the 86 institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, physicists, chemists and biologists create knowledge of long-term relevance to life and basic medical sciences. Currently, our around 270 employees are divided into four departments and one Max Planck Research Group. In addition, the institute is part of the Heidelberg Mannheim Health & Life Science Alliance - an association of the leading life science research institutions in the region.

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 strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. Furthermore, 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.

A daycare center for children is located near the institute.

The Department of Optical Nanoscopy (Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell) invites applications for a Ph.D. position (m/f/d) in Biophysical Chemistry.

New concepts have radically overcome the longstanding limits to optical analysis of molecular systems. Spatial resolutions of a few nanometers have been demonstrated, well beyond the Abbe/Rayleigh limits. The recently introduced MINFLUX (Balzarotti et al., Science 2017) and MINSTED (Weber et al., Nature Photonics 2021) concepts have unlocked the door to minimally invasive, low-light-level analysis of the structure and the dynamics of macromolecular assemblies (e.g. Gwosch et al., Nature Methods 2020) in living cells in 4D at the nanoscale. The unprecedented capabilities available in the department include experiments at 1-nm resolution.

Your profile

  • Candidates should be highly motivated and prepared to work within a truly multidisciplinary team.
  • They should have earned (or expect to complete soon) a Master’s degree in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biophysics or a comparable qualification.
  • A willingness to master new challenges, a strong attention to detail, a high level of critical thinking are all central to success.
  • Experience with light microscopy (super-resolution or confocal microscopy) and/or image analysis is desirable.

Our offer

  • The payment is based on the TVöD guidelines (75% of EG 13).
  • The PhD positions are limited to three years with a possibility of extension 
  • Candidates have the opportunity to participate in one of several Ph.D. programs in Heidelberg.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell .

For general questions, please contact Ms. Sabrina Giacalone  or Mrs. Fabienne Höfer-Elfner  from human resources.

Your application

Please submit your application, including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), your CV and complete transcripts via e-mail as a single PDF file with the above reference (17/2022) preferably until January 31, 2023 to  (excellent applications will be considered year-round).

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
c/o Human Resources
Post Box 10 38 20
69028 Heidelberg

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