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Postdoctoral Scientist (f/m)

Postdoctoral Scientist (f/m)
Microfluidic methods for cryo-microscopy
(Code Number 27-15)
 
The Max Planck Research Group “Biological Micro- and Nanotechnology” (Dr. Thomas Burg) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is looking for a postdoctoral scientist with a strong background in applied physics, mechanical or optical engineering, or a related field to join our team on an exciting project combining microfluidics with light and electron cryo-microscopy.
 
The aim of the project is to advance a unique method recently invented by our laboratory for preserving dynamic cell structures at the nanometer scale with millisecond time resolution by rapid freezing during continuous live-cell imaging. The project exploits the small size, high heat conductivity and precise geometry of silicon, glass, and polymer microdevices to achieve extremely high cooling rates (104 – 105 °C/s), which can be electronically controlled. These high rates help to avoid ice crystal damage, while the design of the system enables continuous observation and stimulation up to and including the time of freezing. This postdoc position focuses on the instrumentation development for a complete correlative workflow from live imaging and stimulation to cryo-fluorescence and ultimately electron cryo-microscopy.
 
Further reading:
  • Mejia et al., “Microfluidic Cryofixation for Correlative Microscopy”, Lab on a Chip 14 (2014)
  • JM Perkel, “Correlating light and electron microscopy”, BioTechniques 57 4 (2014)
 
We are looking for
  • Candidates with a recent PhD in applied/experimental physics, optical or mechanical engineering, or a related discipline
  • Skill and enthusiasm for designing and building physical instrumentation (optics, mechanics, software, and electronics) to solve unconventional problems
  • Understanding of heat and mass transport in microfluidic systems
  • An interest in the biological applications of the new method
 
Payment and benefits will be based on the German TVöD guidelines.
 
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.
 
Please send your application including a CV, list of publications and the names and contact information of one to three references via e-mail with reference to the code number to
 
ausschreibung27-15@mpibpc.mpg.de  

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Dr. Thomas Burg / Code Number 27-15
Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen
Germany
 
Contact:  +49-511-2011187
                 tburg@mpibpc.mpg.de
 
 

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How to apply:
Please send your application including a CV, list of publications and the names and contact information of one to three references via e-mail with reference to the code number to ausschreibung27-15@mpibpc.mpg.de
Send application to
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Dr. Thomas Burg / Code Number 27-15
Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen
Germany
 
Contact:   +49-511-2011187
                 tburg@mpibpc.mpg.de
 

Job profile


Working hours
Full-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
Postdoc
Work experience
job experience is not required
Region
Germany (Niedersachsen)
Working place
37077 Göttingen
Area of expertise
Physics, Biology & Life Sciences, Mechanical Engineering
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