PhD Student, Dept. of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, Germany (20 June 2022)

The Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences is a leading international research institute of exceptional scientific breadth. With more than 40 research groups and some 1,000 employees from over 50 nations, it is the largest institute of the Max Planck Society.

 The Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics is inviting applications for a 

PhD Student (f/m/d) – Microtubule nanomechanics and turnover under cell-like physical constraints – 

supervised by Dr. Maxim Igaev. The three-year PhD project involves massively parallel, atomistic and coarse-grained modeling to study the dynamic and mechanic properties of microtubule filaments subject to external forces by space constraints or other cellular factors.  

Your Profile: Eligible candidates have strong basic skills in either or all of the following disciplines: computational (bio)physics, structural biology, statistical mechanics, and scientific computing. They hold (or expect to complete soon) a Master’s or equivalent degree in any of these or a related field. 

What we offer:  

  •  A wide range of offers to help you balance work and family life: on-campus kindergarten places including vacation care, parent-child offices, etc.
  • Further training opportunities and free in-house language courses.
  • Spacious campus cafeteria with a wide range of meals (including vegan/vegetarian ones).
  • Health management: free fitness and yoga rooms, sports groups, “active break” courses;
  • Initiatives for sustainability and a green environment with a new biotope. 

The group language is English, so no German language skills are required – but it is great opportunity for you to learn German! 

Position Details;  The position is limited to two years with a possibility of extension. Payment and benefits are based on the German Public Service Payscale (TVöD Bund) guidelines. The starting date is flexible.

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 and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit your application including cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV (with a publications list, if applicable), transcripts (translate in English or German), preferably via E-mail as a single PDF file to

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics
Dr. Maxim Igaev
Am Faßberg 11
37077 Göttingen, Germany