Doctoral position on the topic of Optical super-resolution imaging in soft matter systems’Doctoral position on the topic of ‘Optical super-resolution imaging in soft matter systems

For candidates with background in (experimental) physics, optical engineering and/or electronic engineering

Job Offer from May 22, 2023

The doctoral program is a sub-project of a new collaborative research center (CRC) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). This sub-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 (Dr. Xiaomin Liu) at the department of Molecular Spectroscopy (Prof. Mischa Bonn) of Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP), Mainz, Germany.


The ideal PhD candidate has an experimental background in physics, optical engineering and/or electronic engineering, and holds a Master’s degree in one of these or related fields. The PhD studentship is funded according to the collective wage agreement for the public service with a 65% TVöD 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 region provides various recreational opportunities and offers a high quality of life.


Earliest and preferred start date for this PhD program: 1 October 2023


For the PhD position application, the following documents are needed:

  • CV
  • 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 start on 15 June 2023 and will continue until the position has been filled. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.


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