Ph.D. Student Positions (f/m)

Job Offer from August 13, 2018

The Department NanoBiophotonics (Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry invites applications for

Ph.D. student positions (f/m)
- Optical Analysis of Molecular Systems -
(Code Number 21-18)

New concepts have brought about a paradigm shift in the physical limits to optical analysis of molecular systems. Imaging resolutions of a few nano­meters have been demonstrated, well beyond the Abbe/Rayleigh limits. The recently demonstrated MINFLUX concept (Science 355, 606-612 (2017)) outlines a path to further improved minimally invasive, low-light-level analysis, in principle down to Ångström length scales. This will open up entirely new experimental opportunities in the study of macromolecules and beyond.

The successful candidates will develop physical measurement schemes based on MINFLUX and related concepts to analyze molecular systems at highest resolution. Candidates should be highly motivated and prepared to work within a truly multidisciplinary team. They should have (or expect to complete soon) a Masters or equivalent   degree in Physics or Physical Chemistry or a comparable qualification. A willingness to master challenges in optical design, computer-driven experimental control and data analysis and, crucially, in-depth study of a problem by critical thinking and dedicated physical simulation are all central to success.

Candidates have the opportunity to participate in one of several Ph.D. programs in Göttingen. Opportunities may also arise from becoming part of one of the newly established Max Planck Schools (see, and with a competitive admission process.

The payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines. The Ph.D. positions are limited to three years with a possibility of extension.

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.

Please submit your application, including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), your CV and complete transcripts preferably via e-mail as a single PDF file with reference to the code number until September 30, 2018 to


Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Department of NanoBiophotonics
Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell
Am Fassberg 11
37077 Göttingen

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