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Ph.D student position (f/m) Optical Analysis of Molecular Systems
The Department NanoBiophotonics (Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell) at the Max Planck Institute
for Biophysical Chemistry invites applications for
Ph.D. student positions (f/m)
- Optical Analysis of Molecular Systems -
(Code Number 21-18)
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 concept (Science 355, 606-612 (2017)) outlines a path to further improved
minimally invasive, low-light-level analysis, in principle down to Ångström length
scales. This will open up entirely new experimental opportunities in the study of
macromolecules and beyond.
The successful candidates will develop physical measurement schemes based on
MINFLUX 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 Masters or
equivalent 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 and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines. The Ph.D. positions are
limited to three years with a possibility of extension.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with
disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified
Please submit your application, including a cover letter (explaining background and
motivation), your CV and complete transcripts preferably via e-mail as a single PDF
file with reference to the code number until September 30, 2018 to