At the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, one of the 83 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. The Institute invites applications for a
PhD position in Optical and Molecular Physics (m/f)
(Code number 09/2017)
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 candidate will develop physical measurement schemes to analyze molecular systems at highest resolution.
The candidate should be highly motivated and prepared to work within a truly multidisciplinary team. He/she should have (or expect to complete soon) a
Masters 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 ("Promotionsfördervertrag"). The PhD position is limited to three years with a possibility of extension.
Candidates have the opportunity to participate in one of several Ph.D. programs in Heidelberg. 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.
For further information, please contact Ms. Esther Seiberth (0049 6221 486 - 310) or Mrs. Dominique Finkler (0049 6221 486 - 452) from human resources.
Please submit your application, including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation) and your CV via e-mail as a single PDF file with the above
reference preferably until October 31, 2017 to
Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
C/O Human resources
POB 10 38 20
69028 Heidelberg, Germany