Job ID: 63293

Investigating mechanical properties of brain and spinal cord tissue

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 10 December 2021

Employment Start Date: 1 July 2022

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Erlangen

Country: Germany

Institution: Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg



A PhD position at the interface between neurobiology and biophysics/bioengineering is available in the group of Kristian Franze. We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated student to join our lab at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, the Max Planck Zentrum für Physik und Medizin, and the University of Cambridge.  Our lab combines cutting edge biophysical and cell and molecular biological approaches to understand the influence of physical cues on the functioning and malfunctioning of the nervous system.

You will investigate mechanical properties of brain and spinal cord tissue, test how alterations of local mechanical tissue properties impact neuronal and glial cell behaviour, and illuminate underlying mechanotransduction pathways.

Who we look for:

The successful candidate should have a diploma/master degree in cell or neurobiology, biophysics, bioengineering, or a related subject. Requirements are high levels of enthusiasm and curiosity; a particular background is not necessary. Experience in programming would be an advantage. Motivation to work in a multidisciplinary environment is fundamental to this position. An ability to independently take responsibility over his/her own project as well as good teamwork and communication skills are expected. If you chose our lab, you will be part of a multidisciplinary team with great atmosphere.

The doctoral student will be integrated into the DFG-funded Research Training Group 2162 (GRK2162) “Neurodevelopment and CNS Vulnerability”. The GRK2162 offers:

  • a 3-year structured PhD program with interdisciplinary thesis research,
  • a vibrant, collaborative scientific environment,
  • supervision and mentorship by a team of internationally renowned experts,
  • State-of-the-art research facilities and
  • advanced training opportunities (scientific, skills, career) in English.

How to apply:

Please submit applications via email as a single file to

(1) Letter of motivation

(2) Curriculum vitae

(3) Transcript of Records

(4) Summary of Research Experience and Master Project

(5) List of publications

(6) Two letters of reference


For further information on the scientific project please contact:

Prof. Kristian Franze

Institute for Medical Physics and Microtissue Engineering & Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin