Date Posted
17 Dec 2024

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PhD Project
Saarland University (Saarbrücken, Germany)

PhD position in biophysics of the cytoskeleton

17 Dec 2024

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Position Description

The Biophysics of the Cytoskeleton research group is inviting applications for the following position commencing at the earliest opportunity.

Academic research assistant (m/f/x)
Reference number W1815,

Salary in accordance with the German TV-L salary scale1, pay grade: E13, employment: 50 % of standard working time.

Experimental Biophysics, Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany)

Job requirements and responsibilities:
The Biophysics of the Cytoskeleton research group is looking for a talented and motivated doctoral candidate interested in investigating cytoskeletal cross-talk. Microtubules and intermediate filaments are cytoskeletal elements with contrasting mechanical, dynamic and structural properties. We believe that cells take advantage of and differentially regulate the cross-talk between these filaments to fine-tune cytoskeletal function. The goal of the project is to unravel the rules of interaction between microtubules and intermediate filaments. To achieve this goal, we will use live cell observations as well as experiments involving cell-free extract in combination with microstructured environments and microfluidics (Schaedel et al., Nature Materials 2015; Aumeier et al., Nature Cell Biology 2016; Schaedel et al., bioRxiv 2020).
We are a young, enthusiastic and highly interdisciplinary team working on the cytoskeleton on different scales, from molecules to cells. We are particularly passionate about microtubules and intermediate filaments, two cytoskeletal fibers with opposing properties. We investigate cytoskeletal architecture, dynamics, mechanics and cross-talk using tools from biophysics, biochemistry, cell biology and microfabrication. For more information onthe research group, please refer to

Your academic qualifications:
• Completed university studies in (bio)physics, biology, biochemistry or a related field qualifying for doctoral studies in the field of biophysics.

The successful candidate will also be expected to:
• Be proficient in English (both spoken and written).
• Have good comprehension skills in German or otherwise be willing to learn German during their stay.
• Previous experience in molecular biology, cell culture or fluorescence microscopy would be an appreciated asset.

What we can offer you:
• A flexible work schedule allowing you to balance work and family
• A broad range of further education and professional development programmes
• An occupational health management model with numerous attractive options, such as our university sports programme
• Supplementary pension scheme (RZVK)
• Discounted tickets on local public transport services (‘Jobticket‘)

How to Apply

We look forward to receiving your (written) application. Please quote reference number W1815 when applying. Applications must be received by no later than 15 January 2021 and should be sent to the following address: Universität des Saarlandes, Stephanie Uhrig, Experimental Physics, B2 1, D-66123 Saarbrücken Email:

Position Category: Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project. Position Tags: biochemistry, cell biology, and biophysics.