We are looking for excellent, highly motivated early-career researchers to join our team at the Technical University of Munich this summer or fall as
in Biological and Statistical Physics.
Vein networks are a fundamental building block of life. Transport by flow is the main task of these networks – but how well they perform depends on the architecture of the network. We want to discover the physical principles of how vein networks self-organize their architecture – encoded by messengers transported with the flow or even the pressure of the fluid itself. We want to hijack nature’s mechanisms to build optimal transport networks to optimise flow in active pore networks. In an interdisciplinary team, you will either develop theoretical models of the feedback between flow and network architecture or experimentally test the vein network dynamics of our model organism Physarum polycephalum or synthetic networks. Your findings pave the way for control of vein network architecture and their function.
As a PhD candidate, you have an outstanding Master’s degree or comparable degree in biology, physics, applied mathematics or related disciplines, as a post-doc candidate you also have a completed doctoral thesis in one of the above-mentioned disciplines. A Bachelor or Master candidate should be pursuing a degree in physics, biology or a related field. Previous research experience is a plus. As an experimental PhD or Post-doc candidate you have experience in biological systems and ideally in quantitative data analysis. As a theoretical PhD or Post-doc candidate, you have knowledge in quantitative biology, soft matter/complex systems physics or statistical physics. You enjoy working in interdisciplinary and international teams and have programming skills. In addition, you are able to express yourself confidently both orally and in writing in English.
What we offer
We offer a three-year contract with the possibility of renewal (TV-L E13 75% – doctoral student, TV-L E13 100% post-doc) in a highly motivated team, combing on equal footing experimental and theoretical research. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages applications from women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.
We are looking forward to receiving your application documents, which include your CV, your list of publications, a motivation of your research interests (max. 1 page) and the contact details for two letters of recommendation in one PDF document. Please send these by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Karen Alim (firstname.lastname@example.org). Recruiting is ongoing until positions are filled. She will also be happy to provide you with further information in advance.
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