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Opening for postdoc

We currently have an opening for a postdoc with a background in (biological) physics. For details, see the PDF offical ad.


Opening for PhD student

A PhD student position is available in the Bollenbach lab at the University of Cologne. The Bollenbach lab uses a combined experimental and theoretical approach to tackle a wide range of questions in biological physics and systems biology. Our main interest is in revealing general, quantitative principles that enable predicting the dynamics of biological systems. Specifically, we are investigating the evolution of antibiotic resistance and cellular responses to combinations of multiple stressors such as antibiotics. We primarily use the model systems E. coli and S. cerevisiae to tackle these problems. We combine concepts and techniques from physics with advanced high-throughput techniques from systems biology. Physicists and biologists work closely together in our interdisciplinary group. For more details about our research program and projects visit http://bpsb.uni-koeln.de/.

Applicants should hold a MSc university degree (or equivalent) in physics with a serious interest in biological problems and the willingness to learn and perform basic molecular biology and microbiology experiments in an interdisciplinary project. Programming skills and good communication skills are required. Prior experience with dynamical systems theory, statistical physics, or basic knowledge of molecular cell biology would be an advantage, but is not required. Applicants should be highly motivated and independent.

The position is funded by a fellowship and can be started in June 2017 or later. The initial fellowship is limited until July 2019 and can be extended until the completion of the PhD. The fellowship is tax-free and amounts to 1475 EUR per month.

If you are interested in joining our interdisciplinary lab, please send your application (incl. CV, publication list, 3 reference letters) to t.bollenbach@uni-koeln.de. 

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Disabled individuals with equal personal and technical eligibility will be favored. The University of Cologne is committed to increasing the ratio of women in research. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply for this position.


Students interested in doing a Master's or Bachelor's thesis project in my group are always welcome to get in touch with me at t.bollenbach(at)uni-koeln.de