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Apply at the Center for NanoScience!

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.
The 14 PhD positions, three short-time scholarships and one postdoc position offer excellent reĀ­search and training conditions within the stimulating scientific environment of the Center for NanoScience, the Opens external link in new windowInitial training Network "DNA-Robotics", 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 Initial Training Network "Light-Matter Interface for Enabling Quantum Technologies (LIMQUET)".

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 is February 5, 2018. Please note that incomplete applications and applications which are not submitted in due time will not be considered.

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PhD Projects

PhD openings in biophysics:

1. DNA-Robotics: Autonomous flagella-propelled translocation and chemotaxis  Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Tim Liedl, Physics Department, LMU Munich

2. DNA-Robotics: Controlled membrane actuation   Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Tim Liedl, Physics Department, LMU Munich

3. Unraveling the Mechano-Regulation of Von Willebrand Factor Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Jan Lipfert, Physics Department, LMU Munich

4. Chromatin Dynamics and Remodeling at the Single-Molecule Level   more...
Prof. Dr. Jan Lipfert, Physics Department, LMU Munich

5. Single Molecule Studies of Chaperone Function  Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Matthias Rief, Physics Department, Technical University Munich

6. DNA nanotechnology, single-molecule spectroscopy and single-molecule biochemistry   Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Philip Tinnefeld, Chemistry Department, LMU Munich

7. Two PhD positions: Origins of pattern formation in cell biology: high resolution structural and mechanical studies on motor proteins     Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Claudia Veigel, Biomedical Center, LMU Munich


PhD openings in physics of nanoscopic systems:

8. Charge transport in novel organic or low-dimensional semiconductors Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Thomas Weitz, Physics Department, LMU Munich

9. PhD position in industry for quantum science and technology applications Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Alexander Holleitner, Physics Department, Technical University Munich and QUBIG GmbH


PhD openings in Origin of Life Research/biophysics:

10. Thermally driven emergence of functional RNA motifs Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Dr. Christof Mast, Physics Department, LMU Munich

11. Catalytic activity of water-air interfaces for prebiotic reactions Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Dieter Braun, Physics Department, LMU Munich

12. Genetic code from affinities of aminoacyl adenylates to RNA motifs Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Dieter Braun, Physics Department, LMU Munich

13. DNA replication and transport in volcanic matrices by UV and temperature gradients Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Dieter Braun, Physics Department, LMU Munich

SFB1032 Short-Term Scholarships

Three short-time scholarships are granted for up to 6 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. Functional Nanosystems: Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery Applications Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bein, Chemistry Department, LMU Munich

2. Organic Synthesis  Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Dr. Oliver Thorn-Seshold, Department of Pharmacy, LMU Munich

3. Cell & Molecular Biology   Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Dr. Oliver Thorn-Seshold, Department of Pharmacy, LMU Munich

Postdoc Projects

DNA nanotechnology, single-molecule spectroscopy and single-molecule biochemistry  Opens internal link in current windowmore...
Prof. Philip Tinnefeld, Chemistry Department, LMU Munich

Application Procedure

Registration
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 8, 2018!

Timeline
- February 5, 2018: Deadline for online applications
- February 8, 2018: Deadline for recommendation letters
- Earliest February 16: Invitation for skype interviews (only for with selected candidates)
- Earliest February 23: Invitation of selected candidates
- Week of 19 March 2018 (date tba): Interview workshop for selected candidates in Munich
- End of March 2018: Final decisions
- June-October 2018: Start of PhD or postdoc (depending on the individual projects)

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

Requirements

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