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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Cen­ter for Mole­cu­lar and Cel­lu­lar Bio­en­gi­nee­ring, Cen­ter for Mole­cu­lar Bio­en­gi­nee­ring (B CUBE), Chair of BioN­a­no­Tools

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Rese­arch Asso­ciate / Early Stage Rese­arch

For the EU-fun­ded MSC-ITN pro­ject on the topic “App­li­ca­tion of motor pro­te­ins and micro­tu­bu­les as mole­cu­lar explo­rers” the posi­tion is star­ting 1st of Sep­tem­ber 2020 for 36 mon­ths. The period of employ­ment is gover­ned by the Fixed Term Rese­arch Con­tracts Act (Wis­sen­schafts­zeit­ver­trags­ge­setz - WissZeitVG).
The pro­ject is fun­ded by the MARIE SKŁO­DOW­SKA CURIE Inno­va­tive Trai­ning Net­work (ITN) Arti­fi­cial Mole­cu­lar Machi­nes (Art­MoMa) wit­hin the Hori­zon 2020 Pro­gramme of the European Com­mis­sion []. ITN Art­MoMa, a con­sor­tium of 20 part­ners com­po­sed of high pro­file uni­ver­si­ties, rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons and com­pa­nies loca­ted in 8 European coun­tries, will train 15 ESRs (doc­to­ral stu­dents) in a highly inno­va­tive and inter­di­sci­pli­nary sci­en­ti­fic net­work. Sci­en­ti­fi­cally, ITN Art­MoMa will explore ways in which con­trol­led mecha­ni­cal move­ments of mole­cu­les can be orches­tra­ted and used in nanos­cale sys­tems. It will extend sci­en­ti­fic bounda­ries and explore ent­i­rely new direc­tions of fun­da­men­tal rese­arch towards tech­no­lo­gi­cally rele­vant imple­men­ta­ti­ons, for example in the fields of medi­cal tre­at­ment, mate­rial design, and energy con­ver­sion.
The par­ti­cu­lar pro­ject (ESR n°14) car­ried out in the rese­arch group of Prof. Ste­fan Diez at B CUBE (, please feel wel­come to con­tact for fur­ther infor­ma­tion), will employ bio­mole­cu­lar motors and cyto­skeletal fila­ments to design and demons­trate novel methods for mole­cu­lar dia­gnostics and nanoop­tics. The ATP-dri­ven moti­lity of the micro­tu­bu­les, acting as self-pro­pel­led mole­cu­lar shut­tles, will ther­eby replace the micro­flui­dic sys­tems inherent to con­ven­tio­nal detec­tion sys­tems. This allows the minia­tu­ri­sa­tion of the device and ren­ders its future app­li­ca­bi­lity as point-of-care sen­sor pos­si­ble.

Work­ing field:

bio­che­mi­cal pre­pa­ra­tion of func­tio­n­a­li­sed mole­cu­lar motors and cyto­skeletal fila­ments; setup of gli­ding moti­lity assays in micro­flui­dic lab-on-chip envi­ron­ments; dyna­mic image acqui­si­tion by high-reso­lu­tion fluo­re­scence micro­scopy; quan­ti­ta­tive image pro­ces­sing and data ana­ly­sis.


uni­ver­sity degree (MSc degree or equi­va­lent) in (bio)phy­sics, (bio)che­mi­stry or (bio)nano­en­gi­nee­ring. App­li­cants should be ambi­tious, curious, crea­tive, ener­ge­tic and bright minds with a strong eager­ness to take part in the rese­arch and trai­ning activi­ties of this pro­ject and have excel­lent Eng­lish skills. Can­di­da­tes will be inte­gra­ted in an inter­na­tio­nal multi-disci­pli­nary team and shall the­re­fore have excel­lent per­so­nal skills and be able to work in a team. App­li­cants may be of any natio­na­lity. At the date of recruit­ment, the app­li­cant must not have resi­ded or car­ried out his/her main activity (work, stu­dies etc.) in Ger­many for more than 12 mon­ths in the last 3 years imme­dia­tely prior to his/her recruit­ment. App­li­cants must, at the date of recruit­ment, have NOT yet been awar­ded the doc­to­ral degree and have to be in the first 4 years (full time equi­va­lent) of their rese­arch career.
The posi­tion will be loca­ted in Dres­den, Ger­many. Second­ments to inter­na­tio­nal part­ner groups are envi­sio­ned. The ESR will receive a salary accord­ing to MCSA regu­la­tion, inclu­ding a living allo­wance, a mobi­lity allo­wance and a family allo­wance (if eli­gi­ble).

How to ap­ply:

App­li­ca­ti­ons from women are par­ti­cu­larly wel­come. The same app­lies to people with disa­bi­li­ties.
Please sub­mit your com­plete app­li­ca­tion with a moti­va­tion let­ter, CV, publi­ca­tion list, two refe­rence let­ters and must be recei­ved by 9th of June 2020 (stam­ped arri­val date app­lies) at the fol­lo­wing address: TU Dres­den, B CUBE, Pro­fes­sur für BioN­a­no­Tools, Herrn Prof. Ste­fan Diez, Tatz­berg 41, 01307 Dres­den, Ger­many or via the TU Dres­den Secu­re­Mail Por­tal by sen­ding it as a sin­gle pdf docu­ment to Please sub­mit copies only, as your app­li­ca­tion docu­ments will not be retur­ned to you. Expen­ses incur­red in atten­ding inter­views can­not be reim­bur­sed.

Refe­rence to data pro­tec­tion: Your data pro­tec­tion rights, the pur­pose for which your data will be pro­ces­sed, as well as fur­ther infor­ma­tion about data pro­tec­tion is avail­able to you on the web­site: