1 full Early Stage Researcher/PhD Position

The Institute of Physiology II of the University Münster (Medical Faculty)
as a member of the

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action - European Innovative Training Network
Biomechanics in health and disease: advanced physical tools for innovative early diagnosis (Phys2BioMed)

invites applications for the following academic position – under the condition of job release -

1 full Early Stage Researcher/PhD Position
Salary level TV-L 13  / full-time position

(the position is limited to a term of  3 years)
ESR 10: Dynamics of cell mechanics in healthy and diseased cells.

The employment is fixed-term and governed by the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract, §2 I (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). Therefore, candidates may only be considered for appointment if they still have the respective qualification periods available in accordance with § 2 (1) WissZeitVG.

The Phys2BioMed network:

The network “Biomechanics in health and disease: advanced physical tools for innovative early diagnosis” (Phys2BioMed) will involve sixteen partners (eleven beneficiaries hiring young researchers and five partner organizations supporting training and research), merging diverse competences at the European level, from different fields like nanoscience and nanotechnology, physics, biology, and medicine. Phys2BioMed will offer excellent interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral training to a team of motivated early stage researchers (ESRs) on the application of cutting-edge physical tools for the mechanical phenotyping of cells and tissues of clinical relevance, aiming at developing novel early-diagnostic tools. A key element of the project is the peer-to-peer collaboration of research academic institutions with industries and world-leading medical and clinical centers; they will highlight unmet clinical needs, and actively cooperate with academic colleagues for developing novel diagnostic strategies. ESRs will be trained-through-research by world-leading junior and senior PIs, and will benefit of lecture courses, dedicated international schools and workshops, and topical conferences. Secondments to other nodes of the network will represent the main and more effective channel of dissemination and cross-fertilization of competences, ideas, and knowledge within the network.
Phys2BioMed will provide scientific and technological outcomes on biomechanics, and the mechanical determinants of diseases. Technology-wise, it will define standardized procedures for nanomechanical measurements, and the definition of the main features of new generation instrumentation optimized for the mechanical phenotyping of clinical specimens. In the longer-term, Phys2BioMed will provide the platform and know-how to build a data bank of mechanical fingerprints of diseases, setting the ground for the development of effective early-diagnostic tools.

Required qualifications:

We are looking for excellent and highly motivated candidates with a master degree in cell biology, bioengineering, medicine or related subjects, and strong interest and experience in cellular biology, biophysics, bioengineering, biomedicine, physiology, and related disciplines. We expect dedication and enthusiasm for experimental research, combined with openness and curiosity, and the ability and willingness to team working in an interdisciplinary environment.

For this position we are looking for a candidate being trained in cell physiology and biophysics or related fields to develop procedures and protocolls for cell and tissue handling and AFM measurements of cellular mechanical dynamics.


The ESRs’ projects will be part of a vibrant and stimulating international and inter-sectorial collaboration. The research training provided will comprise a broad portfolio of technical and transferable skills on local and network level. Strong participation of non-academic partners, including fully private companies and medical institutions, and the interaction of academic and non-academic partners, are meant to foster career opportunities, in particular to drive the emerging role of technically and scientifically skilled workers in the biomedical environment. Several secondments (short term training visits) at the laboratories of partners of the network are planned.



The candidate recruited in the Phys2BioMed project must be in the first four years from the date when the candidate obtained the degree entitling him or her to embark on a doctorate (e.g. master degree). No doctoral degree has been awarded during these four years. The candidate must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account. The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract. The candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD programme indicated in the job vacancy. Good proficiency in written and spoken English is required (level B2). Tuition fees will be covered by the fellowship. These conditions must be fulfilled at the starting date of the contract. The selected candidate will be employed full-time as an Early Stage Researcher. The position is limited to a term of up to 3 years and funded by the European Commission with a salary 100% TVL-13 linked to the German system.

As the University of Münster intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply.
In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification, disabled persons will be given priority.


For further information, please contact

Prof. Dr. Hermann Schillers


Tel. 0049 251 8355327

Please send your application (motivation letter, detailed CV, certificates, list of MSc courses and grades, copy of the master thesis, reference letter etc)  under the job ID A323/18  before June 30th, 2019 to:

Prof. Dr. H. Schillers

Institut für Physiologie II

Robert-Koch Str. 27b

48149 Münster


or electronically and combined into a single PDF file to  



Please send a copy of your application to the coordinator Prof. Alessandro Podestà, alessandro.podesta@mi.infn.it
Please do not send any originals or folders, as we cannot return any applications.

(pdf version here)