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

June 26, 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 synthetic biology (m/f/d)

to work in a multidisciplinary team on reconstituting life-like processes by encapsulation of (bio)chemical polymers and enzymes.

In the context of studying how living cells perceive and react to their environment in dependence on their history, the Department of Systemic Cell Biology generates morphogenic systems by encapsulation of  interacting dynamic (bio)chemical polymers and enzymatic activities in operational closure ( The candidate will build on this work on reconstituting self-referencing biochemical networks to create replicating life-like systems.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, inquisitive and creative team player with a PhD in biophysics, physical chemistry, chemical biology or biochemistry 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 dynamic (bio)chemical systems. She/he should have a keen interest in studying how (bio)chemical reaction dynamics at a deformable boundary generate morphodynamic patterns that contain information on a changing environment. Ideally, the candidate has also knowledge about photonics and advanced image processing.

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 August 18th, 2024.

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