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Call for applications 2019

Online application is closed. Due to the high number of applications, we kindly ask for some patience. All applicants will be notified.

We are looking for highly motivated doctoral and postdoctoral candidates who are interested in multidisciplinary research and want to join our collaborative network of nanoscientists.
All positions offer excellent reĀ­search and training conditions within the stimulating scientific environment of the Center for NanoScience, the Opens external link in new windowCollaborative Research Center SFB863 "Forces in Biomolecular Systems", the Opens external link in new windowCollaborative Research Center SFB1032 "Nanoagents" and the Opens external link in new windowCollaborative Research Center TRR235 "Emergence of Life" .

Find out more about tuition fees, salary, housing, degrees, etc. here.

Applications by researchers with handicap will be considered with priority under equal conditions. We welcome applications from female candidates. These are full-time positions. The possibility of part-time and flexible working hours will be considered.

Application deadline was February 10, 2019. Please note that incomplete applications and applications which are not submitted in due time will not be considered.

PhD and postdoc projects


1. PhD position: Single Molecule Study of Chaperone Function
Prof. Dr. Matthias Rief, Physics Department, Technical University Munich

2. PhD position: Unraveling the Mechano-Regulation of Von Willebrand Factor
Dr. Martin Benoit, Physics Department, LMU Munich

3. PhD position: Origins of pattern formation in cell biology
Prof. Dr. Claudia Veigel, Medical Faculty, LMU Munich

4. PhD and Postdoc position: Emergence of Replication on early Earth
Prof. Dr. Dieter Braun, Physics Department, LMU Munich

5. Postdoc position: Single Molecule Mechanics of Cell Adhesion
Prof. Dr. Matthias Rief, Physics Department, Technical University Munich

Physics of nanomaterials / nanophotonics:

6. PhD position: Self-assembled light harvesting devices
Prof. Dr. Tim Liedl, Physics Department, LMU Munich

7. PhD position: Halide Perovskite Nanocrystal-Based LEDs and Lasing
Prof. Dr. Alexander Urban, Physics Department, LMU Munich

8. PhD/Postdoc position: Perovskites and x-ray diffraction
PD Dr. Bert Nickel, Physics Department, LMU Munich

9. Postdoc position: Custom-tailored photonic crystals
Prof. Dr. Tim Liedl, Physics Department, LMU Munich

10. Postdoc position: Organic photocells
Prof. Dr. Tim Liedl, Physics Department, LMU Munich

11. PhD position: Optomechanics with Quantum Dots
Prof. Dr. Hubert Krenner, Physics Department, University of Augsburg

Physical Chemistry:

12. PhD position: High-speed scanning tunneling microscopy
Prof. Dr. Joost Wintterlin, Chemsitry Department, LMU Munich

SFB1032 short-term scholarships

Three short-time scholarships are granted for up to 3 months by the SFB1032 "Nanoagents".
Requirements: Master's degree in a relevant subject at the time of project start. The scholarships are open to non-German applicants only. The scholarships cover a monthly allowance of 1365 EUR. No tuition fees will be charged. 

1. Using Advanced Fluorescence Methods to investigate the Assembly and Maturation of HIV
Prof. Dr. Don Lamb, Chemistry Department, LMU Munich

2. Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Dr. Oliver Thorn-Seshold, Department of Pharmacy, LMU Munich

3. In vitro reconstitution of self-organizing systems
Prof. Dr. Petra Schwille, MPI of Biochemistry

Application procedure

In order to apply online, you have to register first. You will then be able to enter your applications details. 

PhD and postdoc projects
In your application, you have to select one PhD or postdoc project that you are most interested in. You can also select a second, alternative project. The available projects are listed below on this website. 

Letters of recommendation
For your application, two letters of recommendation are required. The online application tool will generate an e-mail request to your referees. They will be asked to follow a link in the e-mail and to fill in the evaluation form online. Please note that recommendation letters have to be submitted by February 13, 2019!

- February 10, 2019: Deadline for online applications
- February 13, 2019: Deadline for recommendation letters
- Earliest February 22: Invitation for skype interviews (only for with selected candidates)
- Earliest February 25: Invitation of selected candidates
- Between March 11-15: Information about rejections
- April 1: Interview workshop for selected candidates in Munich
- April 2019: Final decisions
- June-October 2019: Start of PhD or postdoc (depending on the individual projects, minimum 6 weeks after acceptance)

Please refer to our Initiates file downloadguide to applicants for more detailed information.


For PhD positions
- holding a Bachelor Degree or equivalent in either the field of physics, chemistry or life sciences
- preparing for a Master's degree in one of the above named fields to be completed no later than two months before the start of the project OR hold a master's degree or equivalent
- excellent grades
- a very good command of the English language
- strong scientific motivation
- high interest in interdisciplinary research

For postdoc positions
- holding or preparing for a PhD or Dr. rer. nat. in a related subject
- high-quality publications
- strong scientific motivation
- high interest in interdisciplinary research