2 PhD positions | Optical and Molecular Physics

Young Researchers Heidelberg
Structural and Cell Biology

Job Code: 08/2021

Job Offer from May 07, 2021

At the Max Planck Institutefor Medical Research, one of the 86 institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, physicists, chemists and biologists create knowledge of long-term relevance to life and basic medical sciences.

Development of MINFLUX and MINSTED fluorescence nanoscopy

The Department of Optical Nanoscopy (Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell) invites applications for two Ph.D. positions in Optical and Molecular Physics.

New concepts have brought about a paradigm shift in the physical limits to optical analysis of molecular systems. Imaging resolutions of a few nanometers have been demonstrated, well beyond the Abbe/Rayleigh limits. The recently demonstrated MINFLUX (Balzarotti et al., Science, 2017) and MINSTED (Weber et al., Nat. Photonics, 2021) concepts outline a path to further improved minimally invasive, low-light-level analysis in principle down to Ångström length scales. This opens up entirely new experimental opportunities in the study of macromolecules and beyond.

The successful candidates will develop physical measurement schemes based on MINFLUX, MINSTED and related concepts to analyze molecular systems at highest resolution.

Candidates should be highly motivated and prepared to work within a truly multidisciplinary team. They should have (or expect to complete soon) a Master’s degree in Physics or Physical Chemistry or a comparable qualification. A willingness to master challenges in optical design, computer-driven experimental control and data analysis and, crucially, in-depth study of a problem by critical thinking and dedicated physical simulation are all central to success.

The payment is based on the TVöD guidelines (75% of EG 13). The PhD positions are limited to three years with a possibility of extension. Candidates have the opportunity to participate in one of several Ph.D. programs in Heidelberg. Opportunities may also arise from becoming part of a newly established Max Planck School (see www.maxplanckschools.de/en/photonics and www.maxplanckschools.de/en/mission) with a competitive admission process.

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. 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. A daycare center for children is located near the institute.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell ().

For general questions, please contact Mrs. Höfer-Elfner () or Ms. Sabrina Giacalone () from human resources.

Your Application:

Please submit your application, including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), your CV and complete transcripts via e-mail as a single PDF file with the above reference preferably until July 31, 2021 (excellent applications
will be considered year-round) to .

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
c/o Human Resources
PO Box 10 38 20
69028 Heidelberg

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