Several PhD positions available at the University of Göttingen

We have several open PhD positions in biological physics. If you have a Master's degree in physics, physical chemistry, biotechnology or a related field and interest (previous experience is also appreciated) in one or more of the following fields

  • biophysics (cells and proteins)
  • microscopy
  • x-ray imaging and scattering
  • microfluidics

please visit our website (www.uni-goettingen.de/koesterlab) for more information on our work and contact us directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Possible dissertation topics are:

  • Mechanics of cytoskeletal filaments (microtubules, actin filaments, intermediate filaments)
  • Interactions between synaptic vesicles and the cytoskeleton
  • Force generation in cardiomyocytes
  • X-ray imaging of biological cells

We welcome new group members as soon as possible!

PhD Student or Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m/d)

The Max Planck Institutes for Biophysical Chemistry and Experimental Medicine in Göttingen are internationally leading research institutes of exceptional scientific breadth, which will merge in 2022 to become the largest institute of the Max Planck Society. The new institute will comprise more than 40 research groups and employ around 1,000 people from over 50 nations.
The Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics (Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller) invites applications for a position as

PhD Student or Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m/d)

for molecular dynamics simulations based projects in the areas

• Ribosomal Translation: Molecular Mechanisms and Antibiotics
• Statistical Mechanics and Function of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins
• Optimal Free Energy and Entropy Calculations
• Markovian Free Energy Models of F-ATP Synthase Function
• The Dynasome: Classifying protein motions

The successful candidate for either position has a keen interest and strong skills in computational biomolecular physics, statistical mechanics, and scientific computing, and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with experimental groups.
PhD candidates hold (or expect to complete soon) a Masters or equivalent degree; Postdocs hold a PhD or equivalent degree in any of these or a related field.
PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in one of several available PhD programs, with four years funding, in collaboration with the University of Göttingen. Masters students aiming at a fast track PhD are also welcome. The Postdoc position is limited to two years with a possibility of extension.
Payment and benefits are based on the German Public Service Payscale (TVöD Bund) guidelines. The starting date is flexible. The group language is English, so no German language skills are required – but it’s a great opportunity for you to learn German!
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 gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. Interested? Submit your application including cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, transcripts, and publication record preferably via E-Mail as single PDF file. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Submit your application to:
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Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry Department „Theoretical and Computational Biophysics“
Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller
Am Fassberg 11
37077 Göttingen Germany
Web: www.mpibpc.mpg.de/grubmueller Information pursuant to Article 13 DS-GVO on the collection and processing of personal data during the application process can be found on our website below the respective job advertisement.

PhD Student or Postdoc (f/m/d) (Code number 19-21)

Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie Göttingen
The Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is one of the largest institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and conducts basic research to advance knowledge and benefit society. Innovative projects and interdisciplinary cooperation characterize research within the Max Planck Society.
The Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics (Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller) invites applications for a position as
PhD Student or Postdoc (f/m/d) (Code number 19-21) for the project Theory and Algorithms for Structure Determination from Ultrafast Single Molecule X-FEL Diffraction and Fluctuation Correlation X-Ray Scattering Experiments
The aim is to develop Bayesian methods to obtain high-resolution molecular structures and dynamics from sparse and noisy experimental data. A particular focus is to develop accurate uncertainty models to be included within the probabilistic approach.
More details: www.mpibpc.mpg.de/9660732/SM-Ultrafast-XRay-Diffraction
The successful candidate has a keen interest and strong skills in computational physics and probability theory, and also a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with experimental groups.
PhD candidates hold (or expect to complete soon) a Masters or equivalent degree; Postdocs hold a PhD or equivalent degree in any of these or a related field.
PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in one of several available PhD programs, with four years funding, in collaboration with the University of Göttingen. Masters students aiming at a fast track PhD are also welcome. The Postdoc position is limited to two years with a possibility of extension.
Payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines. The starting date is flexible.
The group language is English, so no German language skills are required – but it’s a great opportunity for you to learn German!
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 gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.
Interested? Submit your application including cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, transcripts, and publication record preferably via e-mail as one single PDF file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry Department „Theoretical and Computational Biophysics“ Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller Am Fassberg 11 37077 Göttingen Germany
Web: www.mpibpc.mpg.de/grubmueller
Information pursuant to Article 13 DS-GVO on the collection and processing of personal data during the application process can be found on our website below the respective job advertisement.

PhD Student or Postdoc (f/m/d) (Code number 18-21)

Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie Göttingen
The Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is one of the largest institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and conducts basic research to advance knowledge and benefit society. Innovative projects and interdisciplinary cooperation characterize research within the Max Planck Society.
The research group of Computational Biomolecular Dynamics (Prof. Dr. Bert de Groot) invites applications for a position as
PhD Student or Postdoc (f/m/d) (Code number 18-21)
for the following projects
         • Interactions of focused ultrasounds with lipid membranes and ion channels
         • Pharmacological regulation of potassium channels
         • Combined computational alchemy and deep learning for:
                      o ligand design and optimisation for drug development
                      o mutation scans in protein design and drug resistance

The successful candidate for either position has a keen interest and strong skills in computational molecular physics, structural biology, statistical mechanics, and scientific computing, and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with experimental groups.
PhD candidates hold (or expect to complete soon) a Masters or equivalent degree; Postdocs hold a PhD or equivalent degree in any of these or a related field.
PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in one of several available PhD programs, with four years funding, in collaboration with the University of Göttingen. Masters students aiming at a fast track PhD are also welcome. The Postdoc position is limited to two years with a possibility of extension.
Payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines. The starting date is flexible.
The group language is English. For those who are interested, the institute offers free German courses.
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 gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.
Interested? Submit your application including cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, transcripts, and publication record preferably via e-mail as one single PDF file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry Research Group „Computational Biomolecular Dynamics“ Prof. Dr. Bert de Groot Am Fassberg 11 37077 Göttingen Germany
Web: https://www.mpibpc.mpg.de/degroot Information pursuant to Article 13 DS-GVO on the collection and processing of personal data during the application process can be found on our website below the respective job advertisement.

PhD Position in Experimental Molecular Biophysics

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the research group of Professor Karin Hauser at the University of Konstanz. The project is dedicated to study protein folding dynamics by time-resolved infrared (IR) spectroscopy. In particular, a homebuilt IR spectrometer with a laser-excited temperature-jump will be used to monitor submillisecond structural dynamics. Focus of the project is the understanding of molecular mechanisms in the stabilization of protein structures. Model peptides with novel site-specific infrared probes will be applied to analyze structural dynamics on the basis of individual amino acids, thereby exploring backbone and side-chain dynamics separately.
We are looking for a highly motivated student who has successfully completed a master in (bio)physics or chemistry. The ideal candidate should have experience in spectroscopic techniques or laser spectroscopy or optics. Interest in biophysical research and interdisciplinary work is expected. Further requirements are the ability to work independently and in a team, as well as good English language proficiency.
The position is integrated in the Collaborative Research Center 969 “Chemical and Biological Principles of Cellular Proteostasis” (A2) and immediately available. Interested candidates should send their application (including motivation letter, CV, brief summary of master thesis, certificates) by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Related publications:
Scheerer, D., Chi, H., McElheny, D., Keiderling, T., Hauser, K. "Enhanced sensitivity to local dynamics in peptides by use of temperature-jump IR-spectroscopy and isotope labeling", Chem Eur J, 2020, 26, 3524-3534
Siu, H., Heck, B., Kovermann, M., Hauser, K. "Template-assisted design of monomeric polyQ models to unravel the unique role of glutamine side chains in disease-related aggregation", Chemical Science 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0SC05299J
Popp, A., Scheerer, D., Heck, B., Hauser, K. "Biomolecular dynamics studied with IRspectroscopy using quantum cascade lasers combined with nanosecond perturbation techniques", Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc, 2017, 181, 192–199

Further information: www.biophysik.uni-konstanz.de

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