Type of Position: 
PhD Candidate
Date : 
15 January 2021
Volume of Employment: 
Pay grade:E13, employment: 50% of standard working time
Job Description: 

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; Aumeieret 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 www.biocytolab.com


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‘)

More informations can be found here and here.



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.

Additional Informations: 

Aditional informations can be found here.


We look forward to receiving your (written)application. Please quote reference number W1815when applying. Applications must be received by no later than 15 January 2021and should be sent to the following address:

Universität des Saarlandes

Frau Stephanie Uhrig

Experimental PhysicsB2 166123 Saarbrücken



If you have any questions, please contact us for assistance.

Your contact: Frau Jun.-Prof. Dr. Laura Aradilla Zapata

Experimental Physics Tel.: (+49) (0)681 302 68552













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