• PhD
  • PostDoc
  • Erlangen

Max Planck Society

The research group of Dr. Katja Zieske invites applications for a PhD or postdoc position (f/m/d) in synthetic Biology / Bioengineering for the project Optogenetic Control of the Cytoskeleton in Multicellular Systems.

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 and synthetic biology.

Currently, we are looking for a highly motivated PhD student or postdoc with experience in live-cell imaging or genetic engineering of mammalian cells. The successful candidates will conduct an interdisciplinary research program and investigate collective multicellular assembly using optogenetic tools.

PhD students/postdocs in our team may leverage a diverse set of optical microscopy techniques, assays for microstructured cell environments and microfluidic technologies. A cell culture room, biochemical laboratory and optical microscopes are available. PhD students/postdocs will be given the opportunity to design and conduct experiments and to present research results at scientific meetings.

The project duration for PhD students is 3 years. The initial contract duration for postdocs is 1 year. The working language is English.

Qualification of PhD / postdoc candidate

The successful candidate has a background in Biology, Bioengineering or a related field and very good academic performance. We are looking for self-organized and reliable team members with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research between Physics and Biology. Experience in live-cell imaging or genetic engineering of mammalian cells and an interest in characterizing multicellular assembly in biomimetic microenvironments is required. The ability to take responsibility over an own project is essential.

Experimental experience in one or several of the following areas would be advantageous:
• Fluorescent live-cell imaging of mammalian cells
• Genome modifications, e.g. via CRISPR/Cas9
• Optogenetics
• Synthetic biology of mammalian cells

Interested in joining our team?

Submit your application including letter of motivation (What are your scientific interests? Why are you the right candidate for the project?), short abstract about master project, CV, transcript of records of bachelor and master degree (list with courses and marks) and contact details of your master thesis advisor and another references (professor or group leader who can evaluate your research performance) by September 30, 2023 via our application tool.

Postdoc applicants should additionally submit the contact details of their PhD advisor as a 3rd reference, a list of publications and a short text about research goals.

We will start reviewing applications immediately, but will continue to accept applications until the positions are filled.

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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