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The biophysics research group at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Cologne (http://www.biophysics.uni-koeln.de) invites applications for a
 
PhD Position (m/f) in Biophysics

starting in January 2016 or later with a weekly working time of 25.88 hours (65% Position). The salary is based on the German TVL-13 scale if terms and conditions under collective bargaining law are fulfilled. The initial contract is limited until 31 December 2017 and can be extended until completion of the PhD. The PhD students will have the opportunity to join the BCGS graduate school (http://www.gradschool.physics.uni-bonn.de/).

Our research: Many bacterial species live in spatially structured communities called biofilms. They often act as a hide-out from external stresses, making antimicrobial treatment ineffective. Recently, we showed that differential physical interactions between bacteria affect the structure of biofilms (Oldewurtel, et al (2015) eLife, DOI 10.7554/eLife.10811). One of our central research goals is to understand how mechanical forces govern the formation, structure, and rheology of biofilms. To this end, physicists and bio-scientists work in close collaboration.

Research techniques applied in this project will include, but are not limited to:
  • custom-built optical trapping setup
  • advanced fluorescence microscopy
  • development of image and data analysis algorithms (MATLAB)
  • molecular microbiology
  • developing and planning research projects
Your profile: Required criteria are: M.Sc. in physics, basic programming skills, and strong interest in optical methods development, experience in biophysics is beneficial but not essential. Applicants should be highly motivated, creative and independent individuals and have an excellent academic record.

Your application: Please send your application (cover letter, CV, list of publications, certificates, and two references) until 20 November 2015 as a single PDF file by email to berenike.maier@uni-koeln.de. It is mandatory that you visit Cologne for an interview.

The University of Cologne is an equal opportunities employer. Applications of women are thus especially encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.
 

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How to apply:
Your application: Please send your application (cover letter, CV, list of publications, certificates, and two references) until 20 November 2015 as a single PDF file by email to berenike.maier@uni-koeln.de . It is mandatory that you visit Cologne for an interview.
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Your application: Please send your application (cover letter, CV, list of publications, certificates, and two references) until 20 November 2015 as a single PDF file by email to berenike.maier@uni-koeln.de . It is mandatory that you visit Cologne for an interview.

Job profile


Working hours
Part-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Region
Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Working place
50923 Köln
Area of expertise
Physics, Biology & Life Sciences, Pharmaceutics
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