PhD Student (gn)

Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics

The Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics is offering a position for the project “Curvature-Dependent Self-Organization in Cellular Systems“ initially limited to 3 years as a

PhD Student (gn*)
Ref. 05122

Part-time with 65%
Salary according to TV-L E13


(*gn= gender neutral)

Job description:

The Galic lab investigates the fundamental biological question how cells coordinate its shape, motion and collective behavior in the absence of external signaling inputs. In particular, we are interested in understanding how receptor-independent signaling hubs self-organize at cellular membranes. To investigate this novel signaling principle, we take advantage of an interdisciplinary approach, combining state of the art cell biology, microscopy, image analysis and software-assisted methods.

In this project, we aim to answer how spontaneous assembly of curvature-sensing proteins leads to cellular self-organization, and how this mediates changes in motion pattern and cell shape. Insights from these studies are of high biomedical relevance, as it will provide new paradigms how cells optimize single (e.g. search efficiency, architecture) and collective (e.g. wound healing) behavior in a receptor-independent manner.

The prospective holder of the position will be working in the research group of Dr. Galic at the Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics.  We offer a well-equipped, international working environment, where talented and self-motivated students will find excellent opportunities to develop and pursue their personal scientific ideas.

Your profile:

You are an enthusiastic, ambitious scientist who is not afraid to work in an interdisciplinary, international team.  You have a recent diploma or master degree in cell biology or a similar biomedical discipline.  Experience in cell biology, microscopy and image analysis is welcome, but not required. A keen interest to learn these topics, however, is necessary. Good English and communication skills, as well as an interest in different scientific fields, are needed due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project and the group.

For any questions please contact Dr. Milos Galic (galic(at)­uni-muenster(dot)­de). For further information, please refer to

Please send your application (including the above reference number) with all relevant information (CV, cover letter, a current resume with academic transcripts and at least one professional reference) until 01.10.2020 via e-mail (PDF-file, max. 5 MB) to Bewerbung(at)­ukmuenster(dot)­de.

Applications of women are specifically invited. In the case of similar qualification, competence, and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

The University Hospital of Münster is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. Such a position cannot be achieved by size and medical successes alone. The individual commitment counts above all. We need your commitment so that even with little things we can achieve great things for our patients. There are many possibilities open for you so that you may develop with them.



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