PhD student (f/m/x) - Cryo-ET studies of membrane trafficking -


Job Code: 39-23

Job Offer from August 01, 2023

The Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences is a leading international research institute of exceptional scientific breadth. With more than 40 research groups and some 1,000 employees from over 50 nations, it is the largest institute of the Max Planck Society.

The research group “Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Trafficking” (Dr. Oleksiy Kovtun) at the City Campus invites applications for a position as

PhD student (f/m/x)
- Cryo-ET studies of membrane trafficking -

We are looking to recruit up to two PhD students for exciting projects in cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) studies of membrane trafficking.

We are a small international team based at Max-Planck-Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen, Germany. We aim to understand how molecular machines select cargo and drive the formation of transport carriers within the endosomal network. In this mission, we primarily rely on cryo-ET and subtomogram averaging to get detailed snapshots of reconstituted and endogenous molecular machines.

For more information, please read PMID33762348PMID30224749 and PMID32743075.


  • M.Sc. degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields that included minimum six months long qualification research project.
  • Proficient writing and spoken English.
  • Motivation to drive a research project and grow towards further science career in academia or industry.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work independently and plan experimental work, including consumables ordering.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with evident experience in cell biology, structural biology and programming/digital data processing.

What we offer

  • Training in cryo-electron microscopy and interfacing techniques.
  • Interesting research tasks in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • A wide range of opportunities to balance work and family life, including on-campus kindergarten, vacation care and parent-child offices.
  • Further training opportunities and free language courses.
  • Spacious cafeteria with a wide range of meals plus an espresso bar.
  • Health management: free fitness and yoga room, sports groups, course offerings for a "moving break".
  • Initiatives for sustainability and a green environment with a new biotope.

Position details

The positions should be filled as soon as possible; the exact start date is flexible. PhD students will be funded for three years (with a possibility of extension) and have the opportunity to enroll in a PhD program at the Graduate Center for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB – collaboration with the University of Göttingen). Payment and benefits are based on the TVöD (wage agreement for public service personal) guidelines.

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. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.


The position is open until filled with a rolling weekly application evaluation. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining how your training and career aspirations fit with this position, your CV, university diploma transcripts and contact details of at least two academic referees by e-mail as a single PDF file until 05.10.2023 to:

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Research Group “Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Trafficking”
Herrn Dr. Oleksiy Kovtun
Hermann-Rein-Straße 3
37075 Göttingen

Phone +49 551 3899-410

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