PhD Position in Single Molecule Imaging

University of Freiburg



A PhD position for a DFG-funded project in single molecule biophysics is available in the  laboratory of Dr. Maximilian Ulbrich at the University of Freiburg.

We are looking for an independent and motivated individual who holds a M.Sc. degree in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline.

The goal of this project is to resolve the assembly of protein complexes in biological membranes by single molecule imaging in living cells, and advance the related technical approach. In particular, we are interested in the assembly of TRP channels, a class of cation channels that are widely distributed in human tissue and activated by a variety of stimuli like heat, cold, stretch, or chemical compounds. The work includes wet lab biology (cloning, biochemistry, cell culture), instrumentation (assembly of custom single-molecule microscopes), and programming to control equipment and evaluate results.

The PhD position will be associated to the Research Training Group 2202 "Transport across and into membranes". The RTG is funded by the DFG and focuses on the characterization of transport processes at a molecular level. The three-year structured program consists of lecture series, seminars, method courses, a summer school, and symposia. In addition, participants will be offered the possibility to attend courses for individual needs. 
Ideally, applicants should bring enthusiasm for science, creativity, technical and programming skills, as well as experience in microscopy, molecular biology and/or biochemistry. 

  • Diploma or Master degree with honours in Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Physics, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacy or related fields
  • Proven qualifications with particular relevance to either transport processes or transport proteins, esp. protein biochemistry or cell biology
  • Experience in molecular biology, microscopy and programming
  • High motivation and commitment
  • Interest in active participation in the RTG program
  • Very good written and spoken English skills

Application Documents:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the lab and in the project
  • Statement of research interest
  • Application form (fillable PDF form:
  • CV
  • Transcripts of studies
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of fluency in English

Further information:

The maximum duration of the PhD position will be three years.  

The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.
Please send in a complete and convincing application in English with the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000661, by date 15.09.2019 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dr. Maximilian Ulbrich
Schänzlestr. 18 
D-79104 Freiburg 
E-Mail (please one pdf file):
For further information, please contact Herr Dr. Max Ulbrich on the phone number +49 761 203 97183 or E-Mail

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