TUM “Artificial signal transduction with membrane spanning DNA nanostructures”

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship in DNA nanotechnology and membrane biophysics at the Technical University Munich in Garching, Germany (TUM). The project will be conducted in the research groups of Professors Hendrik Dietz and Friedrich Simmel at the Physics Department of TUM. The position is available from August 1, 2018.

Research area and project description:

The project aims at the development of DNA-based molecular structures that enable the transduction of chemical signals across different types of membranes (lipid bilayers, peptide and polymer-based membranes). The project will explore different types of signaling mechanisms such as co-localization of components in the membrane and allosteric changes, and the passive or active delivery of molecules.

The position is for 3 years and is funded by the PhD school DNA-Robotics, a recently established Innovative Training Network (ITN) under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions research fellowship programme. DNA-Robotics will foster the development of a new generation of scientists with the skills required to meet futures challenges in bionanotechnology, from fundamental science to novel applications. The PhD study involves 3 months of secondments in total at one or more of the other partner universities in the network.

Qualifications and specific competences:

The successful candidate should have completed a master’s degree (or equivalent) in Physics/Biophysics no later than August 1, 2018. The candidate should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary experimental work between biochemistry and physics, in particular membrane biophysics and microscopy techniques.

To qualify for funding under the rules of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action, candidates must: i) not have lived in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years ii) not already possess a PhD degree and iii) be in the first four years of their research career, since, for example, completion of a masters’ degree.

Application procedure and deadlines:

Application deadline: April 1st 2018.

Starting date is flexible between August 1st and November 1st 2018.

For further information please contact Professor Friedrich Simmel by email (simmel@tum.de) or Professor Hendrik Dietz (dietz@tum.de) writing “DNA-Robotics” in the subject line, and/or visit the homepages of the research group http://www.groups.ph.tum.de/en/e14/home/; https://www.dietzlab.org and the DNA-Robotics network http://www.dna-robotics.eu/.