Vacancy Notice  354/2021

The Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) is an internationally oriented and regionally networked university with a strong research profile.

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The Faculty of Natural Sciences seeks to fill the following vacancy at the Department for Soft Matter -in subject to the allocation of funds-:

Postgraduate training fellowship leading to the award of a PhD in Marie S.-Curie Project UCOM,
Cavitation in Soft Materials



Salary Scale:
Marie Curie
Flat Rates

Date commencing:
01.02.2022
Fixed term until:
31.05.2023
Contract status:
Marie Curie Fellowship 100%

The position is part of the Marie S. Curie innovative training network “UCOM: Cavitation in Soft Materials” and will focus on the dynamics of bubbles and softmatter for medical applications such as non-thermal ablation, wound healing, or cancer therapy. The position is subject to the approval of funding.

The postgraduate study is focused on the creation of cavitation in soft matter. The aim is to understand where and how cavitation occurs in biological cells, lipid vesicles, and other cell mimicking phantoms.

The main responsibilities are:

  • Design and set-up of experiments
  • Conduct high-speed photographic studies using pulsed lasers, microscopy, cell cultivation, growth of lipid vesicles, and analysis of the experimental data
  • Participate at the activities of the Innovative Training Network (MSC/ITN)

Requirements for the position:

  • A candidate is sought that is highly motivated, reliable and able to work independently
  • The successful candidate will have an MSc or equivalent degree (or be currently working towards one) in physics, electrical or mechanical engineering or a related field
  • Excellent experimental and good programming skills
  • Interest in fluid mechanics, biomedical questions, and image processing to name a few
  • Experience with pulsed lasers is highly desirable, but not a requirement.
  • Good communication skills (written and orally) are essential
  • The candidate must also fulfil the eligibility requirements:
    - no PhD
    - Master Degree or equivalent (at date of recruitment)
    - less than 4 years research experience (less than 4 years since they received the degree that gave them access to doctoral studies)
    - not lived or worked in the country of their host institution for more than 12 months in the last 3 years
    - no restriction on nationality

Job Details:

  • Fixed-term contract till end of May 2023
  • Full-time (40 hours per week)
  • full social security coverage

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Ohl at: +49 391/67-58936, or per E-Mail (claus-dieter.ohl(at)ovgu.de).

In addition to all the usual social benefits of the public sector, we have more to offer, such as the possibility of flexible working hours. Modern working conditions, a wide range of training and development opportunities, and a positive work environment that is highly valued by our employees distinguish us as an employer. We also offer a wide range of sports and leisure activities, extensive catering in our canteens and cafeterias as well as workplace health promotion.

Otto von Guericke University is a signatory of the German Diversity Charter. We welcome your application, regardless of gender, cultural and social background, age or sexual orientation. Applications from severely disabled people or people with an equivalent impairment will be given priority in the case of equal suitability, ability and professional expertise.

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Please send your complete application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, references) by January 20,  2022 (date of receipt of application) using the online application portal.



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