PhD position in Optical and Molecular Physics

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Max-Planck-Institut für medizinische Forschung

  • Structural and Cell Biology

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PhD position in Optical and Molecular Physics

Stellenangebot vom 10.07.2017

At the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, one of the 83 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. The Institute invites applications for a PhD position in Optical and Molecular Physics (Code number 06/2017) .

New concepts have brought about a paradigm shift in the physical limits to optical analysis of molecular systems. Imaging resolutions of a few nanometers have been demonstrated, well beyond the Abbe/Rayleigh limits. The recently demonstrated MINFLUX concept (Science 355, 606-612 (2017)) outlines a path to further improved minimally invasive, low-light-level analysis, in principle down to Ångström length scales. This will open up entirely new experimental opportunities in the study of macromolecules and beyond.  

Your tasks

The successful candidate will develop physical measurement schemes to analyze molecular systems at highest resolution.  

Your profile

The candidate should be highly motivated and prepared to work within a truly multidisciplinary team. He/she should have (or expect to complete soon) a Masters degree in Physics or Physical Chemistry or a comparable qualification. A willingness to master challenges in optical design, computer-driven experimental control and data analysis and, crucially, in-depth study of a problem by critical thinking and dedicated physical simulation are all central to success.

Our offer

The payment is based on the TVöD guidelines ("Promotionsfördervertrag"). Candidates have the opportunity to participate in one of several Ph.D. programs in Heidelberg. 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. 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.

For further information, please contact Mrs. Fabienne Höfer-Elfner (+49 6221 486-311) or Ms. Esther Seiberth (+49 6221 486-310) from human resources.

Your application

Please submit your application, including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation) and your CV via e-mail as a single PDF file with the above reference preferably until July 31, 2017 to .

Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
c/o Human resources
POB 10 38 20
69028 Heidelberg, Germany

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