PhD position in Super-Resolution Microscopy

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 Super-Resolution Microscopy

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: Most bacteria in the biosphere live on surfaces. To efficiently colonize surfaces they must control attachment, surface-associated motility, and interactions between bacteria. Molecular motors are important for all of these aspects (Maier, B. & Wong, G.C.L. (2015) Trends Microbiol. DOI 10.1016/j.tim.2015.09.002; Marathe, R. et al (2014) Nature Commun., 5, 3750). We aim at understanding their molecular mechanism, coordination, and role in biofilm formation. To this end, physicists and bio-scientists work in close collaboration.

Research techniques applied in this project will include, but are not limited to:
  • establish super-resolution microscopy (Photo-Activated Localization Microscopy, PALM and Stochastic Optical Reconstitution Microscopy, STORM) for imaging of molecular motors
  • design and testing of bacterial strains for PALM in collaboration with biologists
  • molecular microbiology
  • development of image and data analysis algorithms
  • 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.

 

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.
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