PhD Student (f/m/d) – Microtubule nanomechanics and turnover under cell-like physical constraints –

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The Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences 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)
– 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
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: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!
Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics
Dr. Maxim Igaev
Am Faßberg 11
37077 Göttingen
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