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Open position: Mechatronics Engineer or Physicist

Our laboratory specializes in the development of new micro/nanotechnology based precision instruments for applications in biophysics and biological cryo-microscopy. We are looking for an individual with enthusiasm for challenging and unconventional engineering problems at the interface between microelectromechanical devices and the macroscopic world. Practical experience and a solid theory background in at least two of the following fields are expected:

  • Mechanical design for precision instruments
  • Optics, optomechanics
  • Electronic circuit design
  • Laboratory automation, data acquisition and analysis using LabView and Matlab.

A Master’s degree is required. The initial appointment will be for one year. However, possibilities to continue beyond the first term, e.g. to pursue a doctoral thesis exist.

The payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please send your application including a CV, a short summary of prior laboratory experience (or a list of publications), and the names and contact information of at least one reference via e-mail with reference to the code number to


Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Dr. Thomas Burg / Code Number 33-16
Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen

Tel.: +49–551–201 1187

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