Job Offer from December 15, 2023
One PhD position in the research area of advanced microscopy is available for candidates with a background in (experimental) physics, physical chemistry, optical engineering or electronic engineering. The position is part of the new collaborative research center (CRC) ‘Defects and Defect Engineering in Soft Matter’ funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and will be carried out in the department of Molecular Spectroscopy (director Prof. Mischa Bonn) at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP), Mainz, Germany.
The project aims to develop novel correlative super-resolution imaging approaches and elucidate molecular photophysical properties, both of which are expected to benefit the CRC as a whole, given that fluorescence probes are employed in several other sub-projects. The PhD student will build/optimize single molecule microscopy setup, develop the setup controlling system and analyze of the measured data, etc. There will be a student research assistant (master student) to help with sample preparation for imaging. This project will be supervised by the super-resolution microscopy group headed by Dr. Xiaomin Liu.
The ideal PhD candidate for this project has an experimental background in physics, physical chemistry, optical engineering or electronic engineering, and holds a Master’s degree in one of these fields. For exceptional students, a Bachelor degree can be sufficient. The PhD position is funded according to the collective wage agreement for the public service with a TVöD 65 % E13 salary.
Mainz is located next to Frankfurt, which has one of the largest airports in Europe, thus providing convenient international access. The picturesque Rheingau and Rheinhessen regions provide various recreational opportunities and offer a high quality of life.
This PhD program can begin once the position is filled.
For the PhD position application, the following documents are needed:
- Letter of motivation
- Records on previous education and certificates (Master, Bachelor or Diploma)
- Proof of language skills (English and/or German, if applicable)
- Names of at least two references or two reference letters from former supervisors
Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
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