Join us

We are always open for talented and motivated Ph.D. students and postdocs with a strong background in Physics and related disciplines. The institute offers a number of programs for both students and postdocs. Contact the group leader, Ricard Alert, at ralert[at]pks.mpg[dot]de to discuss possibilities. In addition to the group's past and current research, new research directions include

1. Active fluctuations in living matter

2. Mechanochemical patterns in tissues

3. Mechanically-regulated tissue growth


PhD positions

Fully-funded positions for 3 years, with the possibility to extend to 4 years.

1. Send an inquiry attaching your CV.

2. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent by your referees.

3. As the group is a member of the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD), we encourage you to apply as well to the International Max Planck Research School for Cell, Developmental, and Systems Biology (IMPRS-celldevosys).

Postdoctoral positions

There is a range of options. In all cases,

1. Send an inquiry attaching your CV.

2. Apply to the program.


PKS Visitors Program

Fully-funded positions for 2 years, with freedom to explore your interests and work with any of the group leaders. There are 4 calls per year. Apply here.


ELBE Postdoctoral Fellows

Fully-funded 3-year positions for independent postdocs with personal research funds. There are 2 calls per year. The program is an initiative of the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD) and it seeks excellent candidates at the intersection of theory and experiments. Apply here.


Distinguished PKS Postdoctoral Fellows

Fully-funded 3-year positions for fully-independent postdocs with their own research program. There is one position per year. Ideal for outstanding and experienced candidates as a key step toward a group leader position elsewhere. Apply here.


External Fellowships

We support applications to postdoc fellowships funded by research agencies. Examples include EMBO, Marie Curie, and HFSP fellowships.