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Autonomous flagella-propelled translocation and chemotaxis

Project: Opens external link in new windowDNA-Robotics is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) under the European Commission's Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions H2020. The school officially starts on January 1, 2018 and will run for 4 years. With DNA-Based Modular Robotics (DNA-Robotics) we will hire 15 researchers and take the first steps to scale advanced robotic behavior to the molecular scale for future medical and technological applications. The goal of this specific project is to build autonomous swimmers by using DNA self-assembly and biotechnology methods.

Professor Liedl's group is interested in molecular self-assembly processes in general and particularly in the engineering of functional DNA devices using the DNA origami method. We focus on the integration of self-assembled DNA nanostructures with lithographically defined environments. We hope to combine well-established lithography methods with the advantages of self-assembly and molecular addressability. The design of functional DNA hybrid materials and its characterization will also help us to understand the mechanical and chemical interactions across multiple levels of organization between the different molecular components in living cells and tissues.

Requirements: The applicant ideally holds a master in physics, biochemistry or biotechnology. She or he may not have lived in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

Group: Prof. Tim Liedl, Molecular Biophysics, Physics Department, LMU Munich

Link to Prof. Liedl's website