Open PhD Student position for the project "Microtubule nanomechanics and turnover under cell-like...

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Germany,
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Oct 2022

The Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen, Germany, is a leading international research institute of exceptional scientific breadth. With more than 40 research groups and some 1,000 employees from over 50 nations, it is the largest institute of the Max Planck Society.

The Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics is inviting applications for a 

PhD Student (f/m/d) 

for the project "Microtubule nanomechanics and turnover under cell-like physical constraints"

supervised by Dr. Maxim Igaev. The three-year PhD project involves massively parallel, atomistic and coarse-grained modeling to study the dynamic and mechanic properties of microtubule filaments subject to external forces by space constraints or other cellular factors.

Your profile

Eligible candidates have strong basic skills in either or all of the following disciplines: computational (bio)physics, structural biology, statistical mechanics, and scientific computing. They hold (or expect to complete soon) a Master’s or equivalent degree in any of these or a related field. A keen interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with experimental groups is preferable.

What we offer

  • A wide range of offers to help you balance work and family life: on-campus kindergarten places including vacation care, parent-child offices, etc.;
  • Further training opportunities and free in-house language courses;
  • Spacious campus cafeteria with a wide range of meals (including vegan/vegetarian ones);
  • Health management: free fitness and yoga rooms, sports groups, "active break" courses;
  • Initiatives for sustainability and a green environment with a new biotope.

The group language is English, so no German language skills are required – but it is a great opportunity for you to learn German!

Position Details

Payment and benefits based on the German Public Service (TVöD Bund) guidelines. The starting date is flexible.

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 diversity and gender equality and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please submit your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), a CV (with a publication list, if applicable), and transcripts (translated in English or German, if applicable) preferably via e-mail and as a single PDF file to:

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences

Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics

Dr. Maxim Igaev

Am Faßberg 11

37077 Göttingen



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