Our group Self-Organization of Multicellular Systems is a joint research group between the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), based at the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD).
We are interested in deriving the continuum theories that represent the rich mechanical behaviour of tissues during development and thus allow understanding how tissue-scale mechanics emerge from cell-scale mechanics and, more biologically, how robust development is compatible with mechanical constraints and biological variability.
We are theorists, but we work in close collaboration with experimental groups in Dresden and beyond.
If you would like to join our group, please contact the group leader, Pierre Haas [haas at pks dot mpg dot de] in the first instance to discuss possible research projects.
Postdoctoral positions in theoretical biophysics are available in our group. Candidates are expected to hold or be about to complete a PhD degree in biophysics, applied mathematics, mathematical biology, theoretical physics, or related fields. and should have a strong track-record of research.
Applications should be submitted to the Visitors' Programme of MPI-PKS. Applications are considered at meetings of the scientific commitee at different times during the year.
We also support fellowship applications of outstanding postdoctoral researchers who wish to join our group, both for third-party funded postdoctoral fellowships, or an ELBE postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Systems Biology Dresden. (Applications for ELBE fellowships are assessed twice yearly.)
We are not currently looking for PhD students, but PhD positions in biophysics may be available in Dresden within the International Max Planck Research School for Cell, Developmental, and Systems Biology.
PhD positions in our group, if available, are fully funded positions. We admit students from a variety of backgrounds in applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Candidates should hold or be about to complete a Master's degree in mathematics, theoretical physics, or related fields. Previous exposure to continuum mechanics is often desirable. Interested students should contact the group leader, Pierre Haas, [haas at pks dot mpg dot de] to discuss possible PhD projects.