PhD Students
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Dept. Theory & Bio-Systems

Stellenangebot vom 16. Februar 2017

Two positions are available with funding for up to three years with the possibility of an extension.

The advertised positions are embedded into the joint research project MaxSynBio, sponsored by the Max Planck Society, and by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The overall objective of MaxSynBio is the synthesis of artificial biosystems from functional modules by means of a bottom-up approach of Synthetic Biology, which will potentially enable biotechnological applications and generate knowledge of fundamental nature. The interdisciplinary joint research project involves 9 Max Planck Institutes in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics and engineering sciences as well as one chair in the field of humanities at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Scope of Duties:

  • Production of cell mimicking multi-compartment giant lipid vesicles.
  • Design and testing of microfluidic platforms for handling giant lipid vesicles.
  • Establishment of multi-component phase-separated vesicles.


Suitable candidates hold a Diploma degree or a Master degree in the natural sciences, preferentially in biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, physics, biology, or in the engineering sciences. Marks should be clearly above average. We are seeking students with practical lab skills. Experience with artificial lipid membranes, and in particular giant lipid vesicles would be preferable. Practical know-how in microfluidic systems including CAD design will be beneficial. Furthermore, knowledge and experience with phase-separated lipid vesicles will be advantageous. The tasks require a high level of experimental skills and creativity. The willingness to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment is expected.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the proportion of employed women in those areas where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourages women to apply for this position. The Max Planck Society also seeks to employ more severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons are explicitly encouraged.

Please, send your application documents, including curriculum vitae and references, by e-mail (preferred) or by post to the following address:

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
Dr. Tom Robinson
Potsdam-Golm Science Park
Am Mühlenberg 1 OT Golm
14476 Potsdam, Germany

 Please send your E-Mail application with the subject “MaxSynBio PhD application”.

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