Research Associate/PhD Student, TUD Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Postdoctoral Researcher - Germany

Research Associate/PhD Student: The Cluster of Excellence “Physics of Life” (PoL) at TUD Dresden University of Technology is seeking a motivated Research Associate/PhD student in Theoretical Biological Physics. This position, offered by the Heisenberg Chair of Biological Algorithms (Prof. Benjamin Friedrich), provides an exciting opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in biosilica pattern formation. The role involves mathematical modeling, numerical simulations, and collaboration with experimental teams. The successful candidate will join a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community in Dresden, Germany.

Research Associate / PhD Student in Theoretical Biological Physics

Summary Table

DesignationResearch Associate / PhD Student (m/f/x)
Research AreaTheoretical Biological Physics
LocationTUD Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany
Eligibility/QualificationOutstanding degree in physics, applied mathematics, or related fields; experience in mathematical modeling and programming; excellent English skills
Job DescriptionMathematical modeling of biosilica pattern formation, numerical simulations, data analysis, drafting publications, literature review, interim reporting, conference presentations
How to ApplySubmit application via TUD SecureMail Portal or email to Prof. Dr. Benjamin Friedrich by July 1, 2024
Last Date for ApplyJuly 1, 2024


Research Associate / PhD Student (m/f/x)

Research Area

Theoretical Biological Physics


TUD Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany


  • Outstanding university degree in physics, applied mathematics, or related fields
  • Experience and competence in mathematical modeling
  • Programming skills and experience in data and image analysis
  • Ideally, first exposure to biological physics and a willingness to learn biology
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in English
  • High self-motivation and independent, target- and solution-driven work attitude

Job Description

The successful candidate will engage in theoretical research addressing the physical mechanisms shaping biological patterns, focusing on the silica patterns of diatom cell walls. Responsibilities include:

  • Developing mathematical models to describe the interplay of pattern features in diatom species
  • Conducting numerical simulations (e.g., PDEs)
  • Analyzing data and images to quantify pattern features
  • Drafting scientific publications for high-profile, peer-reviewed journals
  • Performing detailed literature searches
  • Writing regular interim reports
  • Presenting research at professional conferences
  • Supporting group activities and applications for third-party funding

How to Apply

Submit your detailed application with the usual documents by July 1, 2024. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file via the TUD SecureMail Portal ( or emailed to Alternatively, applications can be mailed to:

TU Dresden, PoL,
Heisenberg-Professur für Biologische Algorithmen,
Herrn Prof. Dr. Benjamin Friedrich,
Arnoldstraße 18,
01307 Dresden, Germany.

Please submit copies only, as applications will not be returned. Expenses for attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

Last Date for Apply

July 1, 2024



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