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Ph. D. scholarship in Mathematics-Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (Göttingen)

Drapeau AllemagneThe Department of NanoBiophotonics (Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, invites applications for the study of the “Nanoscale organization of the neuronal cytoskeleton” as a
Ph.D. Student (f/m)
(Code Number 25-17)

Time Span as soon as possible for 3 years
Application Deadline 01 Aug 2017
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD – Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences

We develop light microscopes with spatial resolution down to a few nanometers that allow to image biological specimens at unprecedented levels of detail. The group is looking for a Ph.D. student to take advantage of these exciting new capabilities to study the organization of the cytoskeleton in neurons. The project aims at characterizing the interplay between cytoskeletal rearrangements and synaptic plasticity. The candidate will carry out the research project in close collaboration with the chemists and microscopists in the department. He/she will develop and optimize approaches for the imaging of the structures of interest under fixed and live conditions, and implement image analysis routines.
The candidate should have an excellent track record, be highly motivated and prepared to work in a truly multidisciplinary and international team. He/she should hold a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in life sciences and have a strong background in biotechnology, cell biology or neurosciences (or related subjects). Experience with light microscopy (super-resolution or confocal microscopy) and image analysis is desirable.
Ph. D. candidates have the opportunity to participate in one of several interdisciplinary Ph. D. programs in collaboration with the University of Göttingen.
The payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines.
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 (
Please send your application including 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 preferably via e-mail as single PDF file with reference to the code number to

orking Language
  • English
Language of Dissertation
  • English
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Others : names and addresses of two to four referees
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