Open positions

We are always seeking new group members from both physics/mathematics and biology backgrounds.

We are interested in understanding the mechanims underlying spatial organisation of all kinds but especially in bacteria. Project range from the purely theoretical (pattern selection and scale invariance of Turing patterns) to the modelling of specific biological systems (chromosome organisation, the self-organisation and positioning of subcellular protein clusters) to the development of new data analysis methods (incl. image analysis) to experimental approaches (genetics, fluorescence microscopy, microfluidics etc).

Projects can be either theoretical or experimental or a mix of both but in either case, an interest in understanding the other approach is essential.

Potential PhD students can apply to the IMPRS graduate school (https://www.imprs-marburg.de/) before the end of January each year to obtain a funded position. We are also happy to support applications for fellowships and other sources of funding.

PhD Position (E13-65%) available in Biological Physics:

We are currently looking for a theoretical PhD student. The project consists of two parts, one in collaboration with Prof. Colin Kleanthous (Oxford) on the re-organisation of outer membrane proteins and another internal collaboration with Dr Simon Ringgaard on the positioning of chemosensory arrays. Additional purely theoretical projects are also possible.

The student should have a degree (preferable a master’s) in physics, mathematics or computer science (or a related discipline) and ideally have some programming experience. They will work closely with biologists and, while knowledge of biology is not required, applicants should have a genuine interest in answering biological questions. Knowledge of image analysis and/or finite element methods would be an advantage. Applicants should additionally have excellent communication, organizational and time-management skills and enjoy working proactively and independently. Good command of spoken and written English is essential. 

Applicants should send their application in English and should include a motivation letter, CV, exam results and the names and contact details of academic referees as a single pdf file by e-mail to: sean.murray@synmikro.mpi-marburg.mpg.de. Applications should be received by October 30th 2019 (still available) but will be considered until the position is filled.

More information is available here.

PhD Position (E13-65%) available in Computational Biology/Biological Physics:

We are currently looking for a PhD student to work on the development of a distributed computing and Bayesian inference framework that will allow the quantitive comparison and testing of (stochastic) models of protein/DNA subcellular orgainsation against high-throughput experimental imaging data (obtained using a custom-designed microfluidic device).

The student should have a degree (preferable a master’s) in physics, mathematics or computer science (or a related discipline) and have some programming experience. While knowledge of biology is not required, applicants should have a genuine interest in answering biological questions. The imaging data will either be obtained by others in the group, or if interested and after trainig, by the candidate themselves. Knowledge of image analysis and distributed computing would be an advantage. Applicants should additionally have excellent communication, organizational and time-management skills and enjoy working proactively and independently. Good command of spoken and written English is essential. 

Applicants should send their application in English and should include a motivation letter, CV, exam results and the names and contact details of academic referees as a single pdf file by e-mail to: sean.murray@synmikro.mpi-marburg.mpg.de. Applications should be received by March 15th 2020 but will be considered until the position is filled.

More information is available here.

Enquiries to sean.murray@synmikro.mpi-marburg.mpg.de.

Master 

Several master projects are available. Please contact sean.murray@synmikro.mpi-marburg.mpg.de for more information.

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