We are always looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our research team as
Bachelor / Master / PhD / Postdoc (m/f).
Our research focuses on understanding how biological organisms organize fluid-like material. For instance, we investigate the fundamental physics of liquid-like droplets driven by non-equilibrium chemical reactions. Such active droplets can divide spontaneously and form mono-disperse emulsions, which is important in structuring biological cells. We also aim to understand how our sense of smell can distinguish such a remarkable variety of different chemicals. In particular, we investigate the airflow during inhalation and the absorption of odor molecules in aqueous mucus to understand how such physical processes affect the sense of smell. In both projects, we combine analytical insight from simple systems with detailed numerical simulations to arrive at holistic descriptions of realistic systems.
We offer excellent working conditions in a highly international research environment at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, Germany. The institute performs both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research and currently employs about 280 people. 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 seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Postdoctoral candidates should hold a PhD degree with a background in theoretical physics, applied mathematics, or a related field. The ideal candidate should have experience in biological/statistical/soft matter physics or dynamical systems. Fluency in English and programming experiences are requirements. To apply, please send a cover letter, your CV, publication list as well as contact information of two references to David Zwicker. Your cover letter should briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining our group. Please contact David Zwicker should you have further questions.
PhD candidate should have a Master’s degree (or comparable) in physics, applied mathematics, or in a related field. The ideal candidate has a background in statistical/biological physics, soft matter, or dynamical systems. Programming skills are highly desired. In close collaboration with the Georg August University, a structured PhD program is offered in the graduate program of the Physics Department, or in the graduate program on the Physics of Biological and Complex Systems. To apply, please send a cover letter, your CV, publication list as well as contact information of two references to David Zwicker. Your cover letter should briefly describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in joining our group. Please contact David Zwicker should you have further questions.