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Ph.D. Student (f/m) Department of Optical Nanoscopy

Max-Planck-Institut für medizinische Forschung. Heidelberg, 02.10.2017

At the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, one of the 83 institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, physicists, chemists and biologists create knowledge of long-term relevance to life and basic medical sciences.
The Department of Optical Nanoscopy (Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell) at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, invites applications for the study of the "Nanoscale organization of the neuronal cytoskeleton" as a

Ph.D. Student (f/m)
(Code number 13/2017)

We develop light microscopes with spatial resolution down to a few nanometers that allow to image biological specimens at unprecedented levels of detail. The group is looking for a Ph.D. student to take advantage of these exciting new capabilities to study the nanoscale organization of the cytoskeleton in neurons. The project aims at characterizing the interplay between cytoskeletal rearrangements and synaptic plasticity. The candidate will carry out the research project in close collaboration with the chemists and microscopists in the department. He/she will develop and optimize approaches for the imaging of the structures of interest under fixed and live conditions, and implement image analysis routines.
The candidate should have an excellent track record, be highly motivated and prepared to work in a truly multidisciplinary and international team. He/she should hold a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in life sciences and have a strong background in biotechnology, cell biology or neurosciences (or related subjects). Experience with light microscopy (super-resolution or confocal microscopy) and image analysis is desirable.
Ph.D. candidates have the opportunity to participate in one of several Ph.D. programs at the University of Heidelberg. The payment is based on the TVöD guidelines. The PhD position is limited to three years with a possibility of extension.
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. 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.
For further information, please contact Dr. Elisa D’Este ( or
Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell (
Please send your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, transcript of records, contact names and addresses of two to four referees familiar with the work of the candidate preferably via e-mail as single PDF file with reference to the code number until 31 October, 2017 to For general questions, please contact Ms. Esther Seiberth (0049 6221 486 - 310) or Mrs. Dominique Finkler (0049 6221 486 - 452) from human resources
Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
C/O Human resources
POB 10 38 20
69028 Heidelberg, Germany
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Bewerbungsschluss: 31.10.2017