Ph.D. Student(s) (2) (f/m) (Code number 11/2018)

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg

Structural and Cell Biology


Type of Job

Young Researchers

Ph.D. Student(s)

Job offer from July 31, 2018

The Department of Optical Nanoscopy (Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell) at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, invites applications for the study of “Labeling and imaging strategies for nanoscale visualization of neuronal dynamics” and “Quantitative analysis of cytoskeletal arrangements”.

The projects aim at developing labeling, imaging, and image analysis strategies for the visualization of dynamic events in neuronal cells by means of the latest nanoscopy techniques such as STED and MINFLUX. The candidates will carry out the research projects in close collaboration with the biologists, chemists and physicists in both the Department of Optical Nanoscopy at the MPI for Medical Research (Heidelberg) and the Department of NanoBiophotonics at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen). They will develop and optimize approaches for the imaging of the structures of interest under fixed and live conditions, and implement image analysis and simulation routines.

Your qualification

The candidates should have an excellent track record, be highly motivated and prepared to work in a truly multidisciplinary and international team. They should hold a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in physics, chemistry, or life sciences, and have a strong interest in cutting-edge microscopy and image analysis. Experience with cell biology or neurosciences is desirable but not mandatory.

We offer

Ph.D. candidates have the opportunity to participate in one of several interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in collaboration with the University of Heidelberg or Göttingen. Opportunities may arise from becoming part of a new international and competitive Max Planck School.

Remuneration is based on the Collective Wage Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD Bund). With access to the institute’s PhD network and the MaxPlanckPhDnet, you can scientifically communicate with other PhD students. During your PhD, you will be accompanied by a supervisor, you will have the opportunity to further your professional qualifications and broaden your soft skills.

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 longterm relevance to life and basic medical sciences.

Your application

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 Dr. Elisa D’Este () or Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell ().

If you want to be one of the 4.500 PhD students of the Max Planck Society and like to elaborate your doctorate in collaboration with us, please send your application via email as single PDF file with reference to the code number to . Your application shall include a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, transcript of records, contact names and addresses of two to four referees familiar with the work of the candidate. Positions will be closed as soon as candidates are found and anyway latest by 31.08.2018.

For general questions, please contact Mrs. Höfer-Elfner (0049 6221 486–311) or Ms. Sabrina Giacalone (0049 6221 486–305) from human resources.

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research C/O Human Resources
POB 10  38 20
69028 Heidelberg, Germany

Website: www.mpimf-heidelberg.mpg.deemail:

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