Physics of Biological Organization
Dr. Eleni Katifori, Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen
Position available

Post-doctoral position in Biological Physics and Complex Systems.

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) is an international focused research institute. It performs both experimental and theoretical basic research and occupies about 250 people.


At the independent research group Physics of Biological Organization of Dr. Eleni Katifori, we are looking for a fulltime Post-Doctoral Associate (reference number 7-2013).


The Post-Doctoral Associate will be staffed by the Max-Planck Institute of Dynamics and Self-Organization and will work jointly between the Katifori group at the MPIDS and the group of Randall Kamien at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, USA. The interests of the Katifori group are focused on theoretical questions about the elasticity, mechanics and pattern formation of biological structures as well as questions in the statistical physics of complex networks with applications to biological vasculature. The interests of the Kamien group include membrane mechanics and geometry, self-assembly of hybrid colloid/liquid crystal phases, and the topology and visualization of complex ordered phases.


The successful candidate will join an international collaborative project exploring the mechanics of self-organized pattern formation at the micron-scale. Although the position is theoretical, the Post-Doctoral associate will work in close collaboration with experimental groups at the University of Pennsylvania and is expected to spend time in both the Max-Planck Institute in Göttingen and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.


More information about the Katifori and Kamien group can be found on the webpages http://www.pbo.ds.mpg.de and http://www.physics.upenn.edu/~kamien/kamiengroup respectively or by contacting the email listed below.


The post-doctoral applicant should have a theoretical background in soft matter, statistical mechanics, biophysics or related subjects. Prior programming knowledge is a plus, but not required. A good working knowledge of English is necessary. The position is limited for two years with the possibility of extension. Salary will be in accordance with the German state public service salary scale (TVöD-Bund) and the accordant social benefits, or by a fellowship.


The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. 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.


To apply, please send a CV including publication list, a statement of interests, and 2-3 reference letters directly to the email listed below. Your statement of interests should be three pages or shorter and should describe your past and current research interests and why you are interested in this position. Only online applications will be considered. For full consideration please send your application material, quoting the earliest possible starting date and reference number 7-2013, until October 1st 2013. Please send inquiries and/or your applications via email to:


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