The lab focuses on understanding collective behavior, using bacterial
biofilms as a model system. If you are interested in a Ph.D. or postdoc
in biophysics or molecular biology with a focus on pathogenic biofilms,
then get in contact with us!
We are generally looking for PhD students with the following backgrounds:
1. PhD students in molecular microbiology or infection biology.
2. PhD students in physics (experiment or theory), biophysics, optics, microscopy, or image processing.
Postdocs: If you are interested in
joining the lab as a postdoc, please send your CV (including a list of
publications and contact details of academic mentors) and a
short statement on why you want to join our lab to
How to become a Ph.D. student in the lab
There are two different administrative routes to becoming a Ph.D.
student in the lab.
Track 1: You apply to our lab directly. This way you can do a
Ph.D. in physics or a Ph.D. in biology. Applications can be received at
any time, and students can be admitted throughout the year. Open
positions for such direct applications are listed in the left column of
Track 2: You apply to the International
Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) in Marburg, which is a graduate
school focused on microbiology. The application deadlines are every
year in January. Once admitted, the students start their research in
October of the year they applied. The IMPRS yields a Ph.D. in biology.
Bachelor and Master students
We have a range of interesting projects for Bachelor and Master
students in physics, biology, engineering, and computer science. The
projects will focus on understanding bacterial biofilm formation and
interfering with biofilm formation.
Marburg is a very pretty and old university city near Frankfurt,
Germany. It has a large student population, a castle on a hill, and
various other nice aspects. Marburg also has a strong emphasis on microbiology
in basic research and medical/clinical research.