Postdoctoral position in chemical biology (m/f/d)

January 19, 2024

The Department of Systemic Cell Biology (Prof. Dr. Bastiaens) at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund is offering

a postdoctoral position in chemical biology (m/f/d)

to work in an interdisciplinary team of biochemists and physicists towards reconstituting out-of-equilibrium life-like biohybrid systems from self-organizing (bio)chemical (auto)catalysts and dynamic polymers.

In the context of studying cellular information processing by the bottom up reconstitution of out-of-equilibrium encapsulated systems from (bio)chemical polymer elements and enzymatic activities, the Department of Systemic Cell Biology designs and builds morphogenic and autopoietic ‘life-like’ systems that exhibit natural computation. (

We are looking for an enthusiastic, inquisitive and creative team player with a PhD in chemical biology, biophysics, physical chemistry or physics to join our team. The candidate should preferentially have additional experience with any of the following disciplines: protein (bio)chemistry, enzymology, physical chemistry of lipid assemblies, reconstitution of out-of-equilibrium complex (bio)chemical systems. She/he should have a keen interest in understanding how complex (bio)chemical reaction dynamics at a deformable boundary to the environment generate morphodynamic patterns that contain information on the environment. Ideally, the candidate has also knowledge about photonics,  advanced image processing, statistical physics and non-linear dynamics.

The position is available immediately and is limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation. Financial compensation will be carried out according to the public service remuneration scheme TVöD.

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

The Max-Planck-Society strives for gender equality and diversity within its workforce.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please send your application documents including cover letter, current CV, copies of certificates and two references as one document to by February 28th, 2024.



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