PhD position (m/f/d) in Biological Physics

Research Group Experimental Physics VI - Biological Physics

Application deadline:

The research group Experimental Physics VI - Biological Physics (Prof. Dr. Holger Kress) at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science of the University of Bayreuth has as of now a vacancy for a

PhD position (m/f/d) in Biological Physics

The position is available for 4 years. The renumeration is based on salary group 13 TV-L (50%).

The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with international competitive and interdisciplinary profile areas in research and teaching. The research group Biological Physics is among others part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre 1357 Microplastics ( PhD students can receive a structured professional and interdisciplinary qualification through the University of Bayreuth Graduate School and the Bayreuth Graduate School of Mathematics and Science (

The research group Biological Physics engages in fundamental and applied research questions in the field of experimental cellular biophysics. In the focus of our research are mechanical cellular processes such as the interaction between microparticles and cells. To enable our research, we are developing and using quantitative tools such as magnetic tweezers, optical tweezers and microfluidics in combination with high temporal and spatial resolution light microscopy. In addition, we are using and developing methods for digital image processing and computer simulations. You can find further information about our research at

As part of your PhD-project, you will advance our existing magnetic tweezers system and you will apply it in biophysical experiments on cells. Among other things, you will investigate the intracellular transport of microparticles mechanically and by using fluorescence microscopy.

Requirements for an application are a university degree (master’s or equivalent degree) in physics, biophysics or a similar discipline. Furthermore, good programming skills and considerable experience in digital data processing are desired. In addition, you need to have a good knowledge of English, the ability to work independently and in a structured manner, commitment and team spirit.

You can expect from us a constructive and friendly working atmosphere in an open-minded and interdisciplinary team. We enable your research activity for a doctorate in a biomedically and socially relevant topic and we provide flexible working hours, which allow the compatibility of family and career.

"The position is limited according to the German Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (fixed-term contract law for academic staff) and is intended for personal academic qualification (doctorate). The duration of the employment relationship also depends on legal and personal conditions. Furthermore, the employment conditions of the Bavarian Higher Education and Research Act (BayHIG) apply as hiring requirements."

The University of Bayreuth values the diversity of its employees as an enrichment and is explicitly committed to the goal of equal opportunities for men and women. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are very welcome. Persons with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified.

Please apply online until 30.04.2023 with meaningful application documents (letter of motivation, CV and certificates) via our Application Portal Uni Bayreuth using the call identifier “PhD Biological Physics”.

The documents will be deleted after filling the position according to the requirements of data protection.

Contact person for inquiries is Prof. Dr. Holger Kress
(E-Mail:; Phone: ++49-921-55 2505)