PhD Projects

Interested in doing your PhD with us?

We are always looking for highly motivated scientists, possessing a strong background in physics, physical chemistry, mathematics and/or biomolecular simulations. If you are interested in driving research projects forward which are conducted at our department  please submit your application documents (including motivation letter, CV, publication list, certificates) preferrably as single PDF file via email to

We are looking for particular support in these projects:

  • Understanding how molecular machines work: The ribosome and F-ATP Synthase
  • Dynamic protonation algorithms for biomolecules in molecular simulations
  • Interpretation of single-molecule experiments
  • Statistical mechanisms of biomolecules
  • Accurate free energy differences from non-equilibrium simulations
  • Molecular recognition mechanisms in protein-ligand and protein-protein binding
  • Understanding SNARE-mediated membrane fusion
  • Computational electrophysiology of ion channel permeation and selectivity
  • Conformational dynamics of allosteric transitions

International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Physics of Biological and Complex Systems (PBCS)

The IMPRS for Physics of Biological and Complex Systems is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. The research-oriented PhD program  offers cutting-edge advanced microscopy courses and teaches the basics of new techniques essential for studying life processes in combination with quantitative physical approaches and synthetic strategies.

The international Master's/PhD Molecular Biology Program is offered by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) at the University of Göttingen, and is conducted jointly by the participating university departments and research groups, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, and the German Primate Center (DPZ). The intensive, research-oriented education qualifies the students for professional work in the fields of molecular and cellular biosciences.

The IMPRS is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB) funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The school is a joint enterprise between four faculties of the University of Göttingen (Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics), the Max Planck Institutes for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI-BPC), Experimental Medicine (MPI-EM), and Dynamics and Self Organization (MPI-DS), and the German Primate Center (DPZ). GGNB provides a common interdisciplinary training platform for all qualified doctoral students in the neurosciences, biophysics and the molecular biosciences. All courses are in English.

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