The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology seeks to fill:

PostDoc Position (m/f/d) in the field of cryogenic Plasma Focused Ion Beam milling (cryo-PFIB) and cryo-Electron Tomography (cryo-ET)

18. Januar 2023

There is an exciting immediate Postdoctoral position in the group of Sebastian Tacke in the Department of Structural Biochemistry (Director: Stefan Raunser) at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, Germany. This is a unique opportunity to become a part of a world-renowned research institute with a diverse faculty with backgrounds in chemistry, biology and physics, and to perform interdisciplinary science in a lively and supportive environment!

We seek a highly motivated, self-driven and creative thinker who is prepared to take risks in defining and addressing important scientific problems, and who uses quantitative experimental, computational and/or technical approaches in their work. The position is available immediately and is initially limited to 3 years.



Research projects in the Tacke group focus on the implementation of new and improving existing workflows for high-throughput cryo-electron tomography investigations. Our aim is to develop new hardware, which helps to overcome current bottlenecks in the cryo-ET workflow. Ultimately, we want to enable in-situ structural studies at a large scale.

There is a project available in our lab for a talented and outstanding young researcher who is eager to explore new techniques like PFIB milling, establish new preparation routines to investigate cells, tissues and organoids in order to visualize and understand their molecular architecture.


Kryoelektronentomograpie am MPI Dortmund.


The ideal candidate should hold an excellent PhD in structural biology, biophysics, physics or in an equivalent area with previous experience hardware design or cryo-ET.

Strong written and oral communication skills in English are required.


Why join us?

Being a part of the community at the Max Planck Institute is more than just a job. Our dynamic research environment, distinct culture, and diverse community foster collaboration and excellence in every corner of science. We offer an extensive range of benefits and resources such as:

  • access to state-of-the-art research facilities
  • opportunities to collaborate on cutting-edge research
  • an international and exciting working atmosphere
  • an integrated training program that includes lectures, advanced scientific workshops, complementary skill courses and opportunities for career development
  • a mentoring program to guide and promote young scientists



Payment of Postdocs depends on personal conditions and qualification according to the directive of the TVöD. Social benefits correspond to those of the public service.


How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a CV, a motivation letter outlining research experiences and interests and two reference letters by February 26th, 2023 to Sebastian Tacke at


Additional Information:

The Max Planck Society (Max Planck Gesellschaft – MPG) is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

The MPG seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

The MPG is committed to promoting work-life balance and equal opportunities.

Furthermore, the MPG strives to foster an inclusive culture and diversity within its workforce. Therefore, all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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