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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Clus­ter of Excel­lence “Phy­sics of Life” (PoL)

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Junior Rese­arch Group Lea­der on Robust­ness and Decision Making in Cells and Tis­sues


For the Clus­ter of Excel­lence “Phy­sics of Life” (PoL) the Cen­ter for Mole­cu­lar and Cel­lu­lar Bio­en­gi­nee­ring (CMCB) seeks to fill the posi­tion of a

Junior Rese­arch Group Lea­der on Robust­ness and Decision Making in Cells and Tis­sues
(sub­ject to per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion employees are remu­ne­ra­ted accord­ing to salary group E 15 TV-L
with Ten­ure Track to W2)

as soon as pos­si­ble, initi­ally for a limi­ted five-year con­tract. At the end of the fourth year, a ten­ure eva­lua­tion will be car­ried out by a cross-faculty and cross-depart­mental com­mis­sion. Fol­lo­wing a posi­tive eva­lua­tion, a per­ma­nent Chair (W2) of Robust­ness and Decision Making in Cells and Tis­sues will be gran­ted wit­hout a rene­wed call for app­li­ca­ti­ons. Cri­te­ria for the ten­ure eva­lua­tion pro­ce­dure will be mutually agreed upon when the posi­tion is accep­ted. Essen­tial com­pon­ents of the ten­ure eva­lua­tion will be sci­en­ti­fic suc­cess, the ori­gi­na­lity and crea­ti­vity of the rese­arch, the qua­lity and quan­tity of the publi­ca­ti­ons, suc­cess in obtai­ning third-party fun­ding as well as a posi­tively eva­lua­ted tea­ching per­for­mance. During the ten­ure track period, you will have to show the abi­lity to rep­re­sent the field both in rese­arch and tea­ching.
The cen­tral aim of the Clus­ter of Excel­lence “Phy­sics of Life” (DFG EXC 2068) is to iden­tify the phy­si­cal princi­ples that govern the orga­ni­za­tion of living mat­ter ( The Clus­ter of Excel­lence is embed­ded in a syn­er­gistic and inter­di­sci­pli­nary net­work, com­pri­sing mul­ti­ple DRES­DEN-con­cept rese­arch insti­tu­tes besi­des TU Dres­den, inclu­ding the Leib­niz Insti­tute of Poly­mer Rese­arch Dres­den (IPF), the Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Dres­den-Ros­sen­dorf (HZDR), the Max-Planck-Insti­tute for the Phy­sics of Com­plex Sys­tems (MPI-PKS) and the Max-Planck-Insti­tute of Mole­cu­lar Cell Bio­logy and Gene­tics (MPI-CBG). The Junior Rese­arch Group Lea­der will bene­fit from generous core fun­ding and sup­port struc­tures (e.g., through various state-of-the-art core faci­li­ties, both at PoL and sur­roun­ding insti­tu­tes).

Working field:

We are spe­ci­fi­cally loo­king for app­li­ca­ti­ons from early career rese­ar­chers (m/f/x) to lead a strong and inter­na­tio­nally visi­ble expe­ri­men­tal rese­arch pro­gram focu­sed on iden­ti­fy­ing fun­da­men­tal princi­ples of infor­ma­tion trans­fer, robust­ness and decision making in cells and tis­sues. Rese­arch activi­ties can com­prise: (1) iden­ti­fy­ing princi­ples of infor­ma­tion trans­fer and/or signal pro­ces­sing, (2) stu­dy­ing the pre­cision and robust­ness of posi­tio­nal and tem­po­ral infor­ma­tion, (3) cha­rac­te­ri­zing mecha­nisms of robust and reli­able infor­ma­tion pro­ces­sing by sub­cel­lu­lar struc­tures, (4) deter­mi­ning the phy­si­cal princi­ples that under­lie cell com­pe­ti­tion in mul­ti­cel­lu­lar sys­tems, and (5) deco­ding the phy­si­cal rules that con­trol spa­tio­tem­po­ral decision making in cell and tis­sue pat­ter­ning. Of par­ti­cu­lar inte­rest, but not limi­ted to, are the study of infor­ma­tion trans­fer, robust­ness and decision making in the con­text of mor­pho­gen gra­di­ents, cell signa­ling, meta­bo­lism, intracel­lu­lar orga­nel­les, cell dif­fe­ren­tia­tion and pat­ter­ning, nuclear struc­ture and gene expres­sion dyna­mics. The can­di­date is expec­ted to be com­mit­ted to inter­di­sci­pli­nary col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons, by working clo­sely with other “Phy­sics of Life” rese­arch groups as well as other insti­tu­ti­ons in the broa­der Dres­den sci­en­ti­fic com­mu­nity. Par­ti­ci­pa­tion in aca­de­mic self-admi­nis­tra­tion is requi­red.


We wel­come app­li­ca­ti­ons from out­stan­ding junior rese­ar­chers with a uni­ver­sity and doc­to­ral degree as well as post­doc­to­ral rese­arch expe­ri­ence rele­vant to this call. The pri­mary selec­tion cri­te­ria will be a strong record of inno­va­tive rese­arch and aca­de­mic per­for­mance, an ori­gi­nal and pro­mi­sing vision for the future work pro­gram, as well as a high poten­tial for estab­li­shing an inde­pen­dent rese­arch group with fruit­ful inter­di­sci­pli­nary col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons. Tea­ching expe­ri­ence in the areas men­tio­ned above is highly desi­ra­ble. The pre­re­qui­si­tes for appoint­ment to the unli­mi­ted chair (W2) after the suc­cess­ful ten­ure track eva­lua­tion are based on § 58 SächsHSFG (Act on the Auto­nomy of Insti­tu­ti­ons of Hig­her Edu­ca­tion in the Free State of Sax­ony).

What we offer:

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion please con­tact the speaker of the Clus­ter of Excel­lence, Prof. Dr. Otger Cam­pàs, tel. +49 351 210 1460; e-mail:
TU Dres­den sup­ports ten­ure track pro­fes­sors with a pro­gram spe­ci­fi­cally tailo­red to their needs (YOU PROF pro­gram). Men­to­ring, coa­ching ses­si­ons, con­ti­nuing edu­ca­tion pro­grams pro­vide active pro­fes­sio­nal gui­d­ance throughout the dura­tion of the ten­ure track period and bey­ond.
TU Dres­den seeks to employ more female rese­ar­chers in lea­dership posi­ti­ons. Hence, we par­ti­cu­larly encou­rage qua­li­fied women to apply. App­li­ca­ti­ons from can­di­da­tes with disa­bi­li­ties or those with addi­tio­nal sup­port needs are very wel­come. The Uni­ver­sity is a cer­ti­fied family-fri­endly uni­ver­sity and offers a Dual Career Ser­vice. If you have ques­ti­ons about these topics, please feel free to con­tact the Equal Oppor­tu­nities Offi­cer of PoL (Dr. Angela Berg-Jacobi, +49 351 463-41245) or the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Employees with Disa­bi­li­ties (Mr. Roberto Lemm­rich, Tel.: +49 351 463-33175).

How to apply:

Please sub­mit your app­li­ca­tion inclu­ding the fol­lo­wing docu­ments: (i) a cover let­ter exp­lai­ning your moti­va­tion to apply for this posi­tion, (ii) a descrip­tion of past sci­en­ti­fic achie­ve­ments and future rese­arch inte­rests (3-5 pages in total), (iii) a CV with a full publi­ca­tion list, (iv) a list of past and pre­sent third party fun­ding, (v) an over­view of your expe­ri­ence in tea­ching and rese­arch super­vi­sion, inclu­ding tea­ching eva­lua­ti­ons for the past three years if avail­able, and (vi) copies of up to three of your most important publi­ca­ti­ons, and (vii) a cer­ti­fied copy of your hig­hest aca­de­mic degree cer­ti­fi­cate. All docu­ments should be sent to TU Dres­den, Exzel­lenz­clus­ter “Phy­sik des Lebens”, Spre­cher, Herrn Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Otger Cam­pàs, Arnold­straße 18, 01307 Dres­den until May 20, 2022 (stam­ped arri­val date app­lies) and also as a sin­gle PDF file via the TU Dres­den Secu­re­Mail Por­tal to (sub­ject line “Robust­ness and Decision Making in Cells and Tis­sues”). Your app­li­ca­tion docu­ments will not be retur­ned to you.

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