Chair (W3) of spatio-temporal organization of subcellular structures within the TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DRESDEN (TU DRESDEN)


For the Pole of Excellence “Physics of the Living”, the Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering Center (CMCB) at TU Dresden seeks to fill the

Chair (W3) of spatio-temporal organization of subcellular structures

as soon as possible.

The central objective of the “Living Physics” Center of Excellence (DFG EXC 2068) is to identify the physical principles that govern the organization of living matter (https: //physics-of-life.tu-dresden. from / in). The PoL pole of excellence is integrated into a synergistic and interdisciplinary network, comprising several research institutes of the DRESDE concept in addition to the TU Dresden, including the Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden eV, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf eV, the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.

The research concept of the chair should fit into the interdisciplinary approach of the cluster and represent a significant addition to research activities in the Dresden region. The successful candidate will be part of a core team of newly appointed full professors who will build and bring PoL to life. The chair will benefit from generous core funding and support structures (e.g. through various state-of-the-art core facilities, both at Physics of Life and in surrounding institutes). The successful candidate should pursue an experimental research program focused on the study of the fundamental physical principles underlying the spatiotemporal organization of subcellular structures, and should aim to unravel the physical mechanisms of self-assembly and self -organization inside the cell. Research activities should be at the interface between physics and biology and may include understanding the formation of functional mesoscale structures in the cell, studying the role of physical forces, mechanics and feedback mechanochemistry, and quantification of physical properties of subcellular structures. This can include, but is not limited to, the study of cytoskeletal structures for cell function (the cell cortex of actomyosin, the mitotic spindle, transport networks, etc.), the physics of the cell nucleus (nuclear organization , mechanics, dynamics of gene expression, etc.), and the role of phase transitions and liquid-liquid phase separation for cell function. Candidates whose research activities include the development of new experimental techniques for the imaging of dynamic subcellular structures, and the measurement and manipulation of the physical properties of the subcellular medium are particularly suitable. The candidate must engage in interdisciplinary collaborations, working in close collaboration with other research groups “Physics of life” as well as with other groups of the scientific community of Dresden at large.

The successful candidate must already have established an independent research program and recognized internationally as an independent group leader. An excellent publication record, teaching experience and a proven ability to attract third party funds are required. A willingness and ability to teach in English is required. Participation in academic self-administration is required. Applicants must fulfill the professional qualification requirements of § 58 of the Law on the Autonomy of Higher Education Institutions of the Free State of Saxony (SächsHSFG).

For other scientific questions, please contact Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stephan Grill, tel. : + 49 351 210-2590, e-mail: [email protected]

TU Dresden is looking to employ more female teachers. Therefore, we especially encourage qualified women to apply. Applications from applicants with disabilities or with additional support needs are welcome. The University is a certified family university and offers a dual career service. If you have any questions on these matters, please contact the CMCB Equal Opportunities Officer (Mr. Martin Kaßner, +49 351 458-82083) or the representative for disabled employees (Mr. Roberto Lemmrich, Tel: + 49 351 463-33175).

Please submit your application including the following documents: (i) a cover letter explaining your motivation to apply for this position, (ii) a description of past discoveries and future research interests (7 pages maximum), (iii) a CV with a list of publications highlighting the 10 most important publications, (iv) a list of past and present funding from third parties, (v) an overview of your teaching experience, including the teaching evaluations of the last three years, and (vi) a certified true copy of your highest university degree. All documents should be sent to TU Dresden, Sprecher of the Exzellenzclusters “Physik des Lebens”, Herrn Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stephan Grill, Arnoldstraße 18, 01307 Dresden up to January 14, 2022 (stamped arrival date applies) and in a PDF via the SecureMail TU Dresden portal at [email protected] (subject line “Organization of subcellular structures”). Your application documents will not be returned to you.

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