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PhD student (biomechanics, neurobiology)

The University Hospital of Münster is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. Such a position cannot be achieved by size and medical successes alone. The individual commitment counts above all. We need your commitment so that even with little things we can achieve great things for our patients. There are many possibilities open for you so that you may develop with them.

We are looking for:

PhD student (biomechanics, neurobiology) to work in the research group of Dr. Galic at the Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics.
Ref.: 10993

Part-time (23 hours/week)
Salary according to TV-L E13 (60 %)

Job description:
The Galic lab investigates the spatio-temporal dynamics of force detection and force regulation in cells. Coordination of intra- and intercellular forces occurs in a number of cellular systems and is believed to be a crucial element that contributes among others to cell architecture, directionality and speed of cell migration, as well as collective cell behavior. Despite its importance, the molecular mechanisms underlying force-control have largely remained unclear.

In this project, we will investigate how Turing-type mechanisms pattern neuronal architecture. To investigate these control mechanisms, we will combine classical cell- and neurobiology with nanofabrication, synthetic biology and computational analysis of microscopic images with high spatial and temporal resolution.  Quantitative data obtained in these studies will be used for mathematical simulations of this process.

The prospective holder of the position will be working in the research group of Dr. Galic at the Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics (IMPB).  The institute offers a well-equipped, international working environment where talented and self-motivated students will find good opportunities to develop and pursue their personal scientific ideas.

Your profile:
You are an enthusiastic, ambitious scientist who is not afraid to work in an interdisciplinary, international, and competitive team. You have a recent diploma or master degree in biophysics, cell biology, neuroscience or a similar discipline.  Experience with biomechanics, programming (Matlab) and a special interest in the mechanic properties of neurons and 3D culturing is a prerequisite.  Previous experience in programming would be welcome, but is not a condition; a keen interest to learn these techniques, however, is necessary. Good English and communication skills, as well as an interest in different scientific fields, are needed due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project.

The position is available in June 2016. The duration of employment is 12 month with the possibility of extension.

For further information please contact Dr. Galic (Group leader): galic(at)uni-muenster(dot)de.

Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged. In the case of equal qualifications, competence and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities unless reasons specific to an individual male candidate predominate. Handicapped candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Applications including the reference number (i.e.‚Kennziffer‘) of the job post, a current resume with academic transcripts and 3 professional references should be sent until 1.5.2016.
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Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Working place
48149 Münster
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Human medicine, Healthcare & Public Health, Chemistry