Interested in developing and applying theory to living systems on various scales, ranging from molecules to cells and tissues? You are a theorist with a strong expertise on statistical physics, soft/condensed matter theory or computational biology?
The Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) in Dresden announces the opening of several postdoctoral positions in the area of Biological Physics. Our institute offers the opportunity to work with several group leaders such as Jan Brugués, Michael Hiller, Frank Jülicher, Steffen Rulands and Christoph A. Weber. Our research questions range across the physical principles underlying the spatiotemporal organization of cells and tissues, the collective processes involved in stem cell decision making, and the driving force at the origin of life starting from a few inanimate molecules.
Our institute offers an excellent research environment due to the possibility of a large variety of local, interdisciplinary collaborations with experimental and theoretical physicists, biologist, and bioinformaticians, for example at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Biotechnology Center, the Center for Systems Biology and the Center for Regenerative Therapies. Besides an excellent research infrastructure, the institute provides a stimulating environment due to an active in-house workshop program and a large number of long-term visiting scientists from all over the world.
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 seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
About Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
The Physics of Complex Systems, still a relatively young field, is developing rapidly and is constantly changing in the course of this development. This is due, firstly, to the variety of subjects ranging from new and unconventional questions in traditional areas such as solid state physics or molecular physics, all the way to physical problems in biological or man-made systems (e.g. financial markets). Secondly, researchers in this field of complex systems develop new methods at a high rate or transpose and adapt existing ones from other fields to initiate new lines of investigation.
The goal of the Institute is to contribute to the research in the field of complex systems in a globally visible way and to promote it as a subject. Furthermore, we have set ourselves the challenge of passing on the innovation generated in the field of complex systems as quickly and efficiently as possible to the young generation of scientists at universities. This requires a high degree of creativity, flexibility and communication with universities. For this reason, the organization of the Institute differs greatly from most Max Planck Institutes.
The concept rests on two pillars: in-house rese...arch and a program for visiting scientists. The latter not only covers individual scholarships for guest scientists at the institute, but also 20 international workshops and seminars per year.
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