Postdoctoral Research Position (f/m/d) in Single-Molecule Biophysics

The research group of Dr. Katja Zieske invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Position (f/m/d) in Single-Molecule Biophysics

your tasks

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in quantitative microscopy or single-molecule measurements. The successful candidate will conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, investigating the physical properties of protein patterns at lipid membranes at the single-molecule level. Responsibilities include assembling an optical setup for single-molecule tracking, performing data analysis, and interpreting results.

Key responsibilities:

  • Build and optimize an optical setup for single molecule tracking
  • Investigate the biophysical properties of protein pattern on lipid membranes using single-molecule measurements
  • Analyze and interpret experimental data
  • Collaborate with team members on interdisciplinary projects addressing the assembly and control of protein patterns at model membranes
  • Present research findings in group meetings and at scientific meetings
  • Train graduate and undergraduate students as needed

your Qualification

• PhD in Physics, Optical technologies, Biophysics, or a related field

• Strong interest in single-molecule measurements of proteins at lipid model membrane interfaces

• Experience in one or more of the following areas is advantageous:

  • Assembly of optical setups
  • Single molecule tracking or optical trapping/manipulation/imaging of biological objects
  • Membrane biophysics
  • Biophysical research

our offer

We offer you an interesting and varied job in an international environment as well as a good working atmosphere in a friendly team. You will have the opportunity for regular further training. Depending on your qualifications and experience, your salary will be based on the pay scale of the public service wage agreement (TVöD Bund). You can expect further social benefits such as an additional pension scheme through the Federal and State Pension Scheme (VBL) and regular company health management measures. Comprehensive induction training by experienced and qualified colleagues. The compatibility of work and family is an important concern for us, so we will be happy to support you in finding suitable childcare facilities.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Letter of motivation
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. List of publications
  4. One-page summary of PhD project
  5. Transcript of records (Bachelor’s and Master studies)
  6. Contact details of your PhD advisor and a second academic reference familiar with your PhD project

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.

Join us at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and contribute to groundbreaking research in single-molecule biophysics at lipid membranes!

Have we aroused your interest? Then apply by July 26, 2024 at the latest.

About us

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) conducts research that covers a wide range of topics, including nonlinear optics, quantum optics, nanophotonics, photonic crystal fibers, optomechanics, quantum technologies, biophysics, and links between physics and medicine.

The research group of Dr. Zieske is an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. We are an interdisciplinary team at the intersection of membrane biophysics, microfluidics and synthetic biology. Our research focuses on understanding the biophysical properties and assembly mechanisms of living soft matter, pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

Lab environment:

Our team consists of interdisciplinary researchers from diverse backgrounds. We foster a supportive environment that encourages scientific growth. Our lab features an optical laboratory for assembling custom instruments and technologies for membrane biophysics and protein isolation. Postdoctoral researchers in our team leverage a diverse set of lipid model membranes, microfluidic technologies, and protein expertise. Additionally, we have access to shared state-of-the-art facilities, such as an in-house cleanroom and an optical imaging center.

Zieske group:

Clean room facility:

Optical imaging center:


Dr. Katja Zieske

Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts
Staudtstraße 2
91058 Erlangen

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