Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund

Structural and Cell BiologyPhysiologyChemistry


Type of Job

Young Researchers

1 PhD Student (f/m) and 1 Post-doctoral Researcher (m/f)

Job Offer from February 06, 2017

1 PhD student position and 1 Post-doctoral researcher position in Self-organized information processing on membranes available within the research group “Cellular Cognition” at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany

We study how the identity of living cells emerges from the collective behavior of molecules within and between cells that results from the interactions among them. To understand how specific dynamical behavior is generated in receptor tyrosine kinase signaling networks, the candidates will investigate RTK activity patterns on reconstituted membranes in vitro and in living cells. By combining dynamical systems theory with biochemical reconstitution and advanced microscopic imaging approaches, they will study the mechanisms of self-organized information processing that are fundamental to the establishment of cellular identity in tissues.


The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) / PhD degree in biophysics or a related subject, demonstrate willingness to participate in an interdisciplinary research field at the interface of modeling dynamical systems and experimental work on reconstituted and native membrane systems. A background in membrane biophysics would therefore be of great advantage. High-level English language proficiency is mandatory.

The positions are available immediately for a period of three years (PhD student position) and two years (Postdoctoral researcher).


In your application please include a cover letter, a recent CV, copies of your certificates as well as two names of reference with contact details and send them to

Inquiries are welcomed and should be made to:

Dr. habil. A. Koseska
AG Cellular cognition
Departmant of Systemic Cell Biology
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology
Otto-Hahn Str. 11, Dortmund
Tel. +49 231 133-2252

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