Open Positions in the Experimental Soft Matter Group

Modern soft matter science covers aspects of material science, statistical mechanics and solid state fundamental research. Our group persues active research in several areas ranging from crystallisation kinetics to colloidal behaviour in external fields and self organization of motion on the mesoscale. In addition our group is strongly involved in the development of novel high precision equipment for optical experiments.

Recently, we have been successful in applying for funds within the SPP1726 (Micro-Swimmers) and the Melting of colloidal crystals (PA459-19/1). We further are involved in projects in coordinated graduate programs: the MAINZ Graduate School of Excellence (Metastable Colloidal Solids) and the Max Planck Graduate Centre (Colloids under Shear). We are therefore currently looking for 3 PhD students: one for looking at the melting from within, one for the charged glass investigations and one for studying the modular microswimming.

All these positions require advanced knowledge of solid state physics and/or optics. Expertise in chemical physics is helpful in many cases. As we are a small group only, you should have fun working in small teams. Do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Palberg (Tel. 06131/3923638).

Of course, there are many aspects within and around these projects which can be addressed within a master or a bachelor thesis.

Alternative financing for foreign postdocs and graduate students


The Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and in Germany. Whether you are a young postdoctoral researcher at the beginning of your academic career, an experienced, established academic, or even a world authority in your discipline – the AvH research fellowships and research awards offer you sponsorship tailored to you and your career situation. If you would like to become a member of the Humboldt Family, only one thing counts: your own excellent performance.


Die Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Stiftung fördert Wissenschaftskooperationen zwischen exzellenten ausländischen und deutschen Forscherinnen und Forschern. Ob Sie als junger Postdoktorand am Beginn Ihrer wissenschaftlichen Karriere stehen, ob Sie bereits als erfahrener Wissenschaftler etabliert sind oder sogar zur Weltspitze in Ihrem Fach gehören - unsere Forschungsstipendien und Forschungspreise ermöglichen eine Förderung, die zu Ihnen und Ihrer Karrieresituation passt. Wenn Sie Mitglied der Humboldt-Familie werden wollen, zählt nur Eines: Ihre persönliche exzellente Leistung.