PhD and Post-doctoral positions in MAS-NMR, Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen

The Andreas group at Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, has started on August 1st and focusses on methods development and application in solid state NMR including ultrafast (111 kHz) magic-angle spinning. We are interested in the structure and function of biomolecules, with a focus on membrane proteins and related applications. We currently have open positions for postdoctoral fellows and PhD students to work on structural characterization of membrane proteins. The work will be supported by biochemical expertise through close collaboration with the departmental staff.


We are looking for highly motivated candidates with strong scientific background, independence and persistence in problem solving who enjoy teamwork. For postdoc positions, you must hold a PhD in structural biology, chemistry, biophysics or a related discipline, and your research experience should be demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications. Expertise in either solution- or solid-state NMR are required and experience with structure calculation and/or MD would be an advantage. A good level of English is required. For PhD applicants, a Masters degree in chemistry, physics, biochemistry or similar is required as well as an interest in NMR spectroscopy, including theory and application.


The Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is a leading institution for NMR-based structural biology with a long tradition for excellence in research. The solid-state-NMR equipment available is: 850 MHz WB, 800 MHz NB, 600 MHz WB with DNP, 400 MHz WB, and a shared 950 MHz NB with a comprehensive collection of probes including 3.2, 2.5 and 1.3 mm stators. The delivery of a 0.7 mm probe is expected at the end of 2016 and will enable development techniques for a new spinning regime of 111 kHz MAS. The solid-state setup is complemented by solution-NMR spectrometers: 400 MHz, 2x600 MHz, 2x700 MHz, 900 MHz, the shared 950 MHz and a 1.2 GHz instrument is coming when available from Bruker. The environment is further characterized by excellent biochemical facilities and close interaction with our neighboring X-ray, MD, EM, molecular biology etc. groups working in different areas of biology.

Göttingen is a mid-size, well-connected and very beautiful and historic student city (~30k students) in the center of Germany entirely set up for young people. It has lots of scenic and directly accessible countryside around it and a fast train (ICE) station which makes travelling easy.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Loren Andreas directly at To apply please send 1) your CV with a complete list of publications, 2) briefly explain your interest in our laboratory and identify your most relevant research skills, and 3) contact details for two referees who can testify on your professional abilities. Applications will be considered as they are received and the call will be open until the positions are filled.