High resolution tracking of kinesin motors using germanium nanospheres

Advisor: Erik Schäffer

PhD Program: International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) 'From Molecules to Organisms'
Location: University of Tübingen - Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP)

We are looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) to join the Cellular Nanosience Schäffer Lab at the University of Tübingen to work on high resolution tracking of kinesin motors using germanium nanospheres

Research project:

You will work with kinesins and microtubule associated proteins that are involved in transport or cell division.  Using purified components and reconstituted assays, you will perform ultraresolution tracking, single-molecule localization and force measurements to decipher how these molecular machines fulfil their cellular function.

Our requirements:

  • Hold, or expect to hold, a Masters (or Diplom) degree in a relevant subject. All prior degree work must be finished before the PhD start date.
  • Have experience in biophysics or biochemistry with an interest in single-molecule mechanical experiments.
  • Be able to show that your interests, skills and knowledge match well with your proposed area of doctoral research. 
  • Be able to demonstrate a high level of written and spoken English.
  • Have strong motivation to work in international teams.
  • GRE General Test or GATE scores are required from applicants with degrees obtained outside the European Higher Education Area

We offer:

  • Excellent facilities
  • A fully funded research position (payment level according to E13 65% TVöD Bund). The salary includes all mandatory social insurance contributions for healthcare, unemployment, and retirement benefits
  • Tailored support from your advisor and a thesis advisory committee
  • Opportunities to visit international meetings to present your work
  • Core and optional development opportunities to improve your scientific and transferable skills
  • Multicultural environment with English as the working language

Successful candidates will join the International Max Planck Research School ‘From Molecules to Organisms’.

To apply, please register and complete our online application form.

Application deadline: 5 September 2022

More information on Erik Schäffer and a selection of recent publications can be found on his faculty page.

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