Ph.D. Positions in Computational Membrane Biophysics & Computational ImmunoPhysics

Unlock the Secrets of Cell Membranes – Join Our Research Team at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Posted on 10.10.2023

About Us:

We are seeking enthusiastic candidates for Ph.D. positions in our lab specializing in cutting-edge theoretical and computational membrane biophysics. Our research delves into the complex interplay between the composition, structure, organization, and dynamics of cell membranes and its cellular function. We are located at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, a vibrant academic center with a focus on immunobiology and home to the National High-Performance Computing Center NHR@FAU. We are member of NHR@FAU and of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) Physics and Medicine.

The Research Projects:

Position 1: Advancing Antibiotics with Membrane-Active Peptides (funded by Leibniz Association)

This project aims to identify membrane-active peptides that enhance the efficiency of classical antibiotics and enable high-affinity antibiotics with low membrane permeability to reach their targets. Collaborating with research groups in Jena, Borstel, and Hamburg, we seek to understand the synergistic mechanisms between antimicrobial peptides, cell-penetrating peptides, and small compound antibiotics.

Position 2: Immune Receptor Crosstalk (funded by German Science Foundation, DFG)

In collaboration with immunology labs, we will explore the competitive binding of activating immune receptors to a signaling adaptor molecule, characterize the receptor-specific lipid environment and their impact on receptor dimerization, receptor clustering and signaling, and the modulation of autoantibody-driven inflammation. By understanding these mechanisms, we aim to enhance our understanding of the complex mechanisms underlying receptor-dependent modulation of autoantibody-driven inflammation on different immune cell subtypes.

Your Profile:

  • Educational Background: Ideally, you hold a master’s degree in bio-/physics, theoretical/computational chemistry, life sciences, or a related field.
  • Interdisciplinary Interest: Strong passion for interdisciplinary projects and collaboration with medical and immunology groups.
  • Communication Skills: High proficiency in English and effective communication skills.
  • Team Player: Ability to thrive in a collaborative and dynamic research environment.

Why Choose Erlangen?

Erlangen stands as a center for immunobiology, with over 70 groups dedicated to immunological research. Additionally, Biophysical research in Erlangen was boosted by settlements of the Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Light, and the Max-Planck-Center for Physics and Medicine. The National High-Performance Computing Center in Erlangen focuses on cutting-edge atomistic simulations, providing a stimulating environment for scientific innovation. It provides exceptional computing resources to our research on biomembranes.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a PDF document comprising a cover letter, CV, and certificates to

Join Us in Shaping the Future:

Embark on a journey of groundbreaking research and contribute to the advancement of computational membrane biophysics. By joining our team, you become part of a collaborative research initiative, joining forces of biophysics and immunology.