PhD student (f/m) in biophysics

Living cells rely on the ability of the cytoskeleton to continuously form and destroy diverse structures, which is strongly coupled to the adhesion processes. The group of Prof. Bausch studies the physical basis of the underlying self-organization processes and is looking for a PhD student (f/m)

Activities and responsibilities

The Mission
Adhesion formation to the ECM is essential for many cellular processes, and relies on a well-orchestrated growth and aggregation process of the cytoskeleton. In close collaboration with colleagues from cell biology, we aim to dissect and rebuild in vitro the growth processes of adhesion sites. The ultimate goal is to understand the physical principles of the interplay of cytoskeletal reorganization and adhesion site formation. We take an interdisciplinary approach and use high resolution microscopy, in vitro reconstitution, cell biology, and mathematical modelling to address the following questions:
  • How do cells coordinate growth and size of integrin adhesion sites?
  • What is the minimal set of adapter proteins which reconstitute integrin clustering in vitro?
  • How is the actin network growth coupled to the integrin adhesion site formation?

Qualification profile

Your Qualification:
  • High motivation, curiosity, and commitment to scientific excellence
  • Master's degree in physics, cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics or similar fields
  • Practical lab experience
  • Interest in interdisciplinary and quantitative biology
  • Excellent skills in spoken as well as written English

We offer

Our offer
Remuneration and benefits in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (TV-L13, 75%).
The position is (initially) limited to three years.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. In order to increase the proportion of women in management positions, we would be pleased to receive corresponding applications. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

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We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application preferably per E-mail (

Technische Universität München
Physik-Department, E27
Prof. Dr. Andreas Bausch
James-Franck-Str. 1, 85748 Garching
Tel. +49 89 289 12408

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