MorphoPhysics Group

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Open Positions

Two 4-year PhD positions in Biological Physics (Starting 1st of March 2018).

We are looking for curious, broad minded and motivated candidates with a strong background in physics, biophysics, biology, biomaterials, and/or bioengineering.

Applicants must hold a Masters degree to enable them to satisfy the entry requirements for a PhD program at Salzburg University. The two PhD projects will focus on 4D imaging of cell-migration and tissue growth during in-vitro culture on curved substrates. As such experience in basic cell and molecular biology, and imaging techniques such as confocal or light-sheet microscopy are highly desired. Candidates should be proficient in a programming language (Python, Matlab, or equivalent) as they will be expected to perform 3D image analysis and computational modelling of tissue growth during their PhD. English communication skills, both verbal and in writing are essential. The positions are funded by the University of Salzburg meaning the students will participate in teaching activities (2 hours a week) during the last two years of the PhD. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing research experience and interests as well as a CV and a 1 page description of their past studies and research activities, future goals and a statement of why the candidate wishes to work together with us in Salzburg.

The first PhD (Reference Number: GZ A 0176/1-2017) will be focused more on developing advanced microscopy and image analysis methods to follow tissue growth on complex geometries. The second PhD (Reference Number: GZ A 0177/1-2017) will be focused more on cell-culture methods and in-vivo microscopy of cell migration on complex surfaces. Both PhDs will work closely with each other.

Applications must be submitted to the following email address ( bewerbung(at) 

Please quote the following reference numbers: GZ A 0176/1-2017 and GZ A 0177/1-2017 in the application.

Please contact the PI, John Dunlop ( for more information or assistance. The deadline for applications is the 24th of January 2018.

(Further information about the positions can be found in German on the following link)

Spontaneous Applications

In addition to our advertised positions, we are always interested in spontaneous applications from good candidates interested in working on interdisciplinary projects in the fields of biological physics and materials science. Interested candidates should send a CV as well as a 1 page description of their past studies and research activities, as well as future goals and a statement of why the candidate wishes to work with us in Salzburg.

For more information please contact John Dunlop by email:

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