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Thank you for applying at the Center for NanoScience. We are currently in the selection process and kindly ask for your patience.

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", and the Opens external link in new windowCollaborative Research Center SFB1032 "Nanoagents".

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: February 8, 2021, 12:00 (noon) CET. Please note that incomplete applications and applications which are not submitted in due time will not be considered.

PhD and postdoc projects

PhD position: Single-molecule studies on mechanical regulation of DNA repair enzymes
Prof. Philip Tinnefeld, Chemistry Department, LMU Munich

PhD position: Optical probing and control of heat propagation at the nanoscale
Prof. Achim Hartschuh, Chemistry Department, LMU Munich

PhD position: DNA origami frameworks for the structural analysis of proteins
Dr. Amelie Heuer-Jungemann, MPI of Biochemistry

PhD position: Single Molecule Mechanics of Cell Adhesion
Prof. Matthias Rief, Physics Department, TUM Munich

PhD position: RNA aptamers as sensors for the miR200-family of micro RNAs
Dr. Sabine Schneider, Chemistry Department, LMU Munich

PhD position: Retina organoid mechanobiology (ROMB)
Dr. Friedhelm Serwane, Physics Department, LMU Munich

PhD position: Origins of pattern formation in cell biology: High resolution structural and mechanical studies on motor proteins
Prof. Dr. Claudia Veigel, Medical Faculty, LMU Munich


Postdoc: Microscopy and Spectroscopy towards Single-Particle Catalysis
Prof. Emiliano Cortes, Physics Department, LMU Munich

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 project that you are most interested in. You can also select a second, alternative project. The available projects are listed on this website. 

Letters of recommendation

  • For your application, you must provide contact details and an email address for two referees.
  • The online application tool will generate an automatic e-mail request to your referees, but only after you have filled in and submitted your application. 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 11, 2021!
  • Make sure that your referees have enough time to submit the recommendation by the deadline
  • Other forms of reference letters (mail, PDF) will not be accepted 
  • Monitor the status of your recommendation letters under "Progress" in the "Application" menu

Timeline 2021

  • February 8, 2021 at 12:00 (noon) CET: Deadline for online applications
  • February 11, 2021 at 12:00 (noon) CET: Deadline for recommendation letters
  • Earliest March 1, 2021: Communication of decisions about refusal or invitation to the interview phase
  • March 4, 2021: Interview workshop for selected candidates (online)
  • Mid-April 2021: Communication of decisions about refusal or acceptance
  • June-October 2021: Start of PhD or postdoc (depending on the individual projects)

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