Application deadline:  February 5, 2018

Candidates with a background in (bio)physics or (bio)chemistry are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship in DNA nanotechnology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. The project will be conducted in the research group of Professor Tim Liedl at the Center for NanoScience (CeNS) and the Fakultät für Physik. The position is available from August 1, 2018.

In this project the candidate will learn and apply DNA self-assembly methods for the design of DNA structures that can bind to membranes and assemble into integrated multi-component objects. Membrane behaviour in the presence of the DNA objects and during their assembly into higher-order structures will be studied.

The position is for 3 years and is funded by the PhD school DNA-Robotics, a recently established Innovative Training Network (ITN) under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions research fellowship programme. DNA-Robotics (DNABOT) will foster the development of a new generation of scientists with the skills required to meet futures challenges in bionanotechnology, from fundamental science to novel applications. The PhD study involve 3 months of secondments in total at one or more of the other partner universities in the network.

To qualify for funding under the rules of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action, candidates must: i) not have lived in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years ii) not already possess a PhD degree and iii) be in the first four years of their research career, since, for example, completion of a masters’ degree.

Contact professor Tim Liedl for more information:

Application procedure and deadlines:

The application for these positions should be transmitted through this website: (Project 1 & 2 on that site). Here All candidates have to apply via the online application tool of the LMU GraduateCenter

  • Registration
    In order to apply online, you have to register first. You will then be able to enter your applications details.
  • PhD and postdoc projects
    In your application, you have to select one PhD or postdoc project that you are most interested in. You can also select a second, alternative project. The available projects are listed below on this website.
  • Letters of recommendation
    For your application, two letters of recommendation are required. The online application tool will generate an e-mail request to your referees. They will be asked to follow a link in the e-mail and to fill in the evaluation form online. Please note that recommendation letters have to be submitted by February 8, 2018!


  • February 5, 2018: Deadline for online applications
  • February 8, 2018: Deadline for recommendation letters
  • Earliest February 16: Invitation for skype interviews (only for with selected candidates)
  • Earliest February 23: Invitation of selected candidates
  • Week of 19 March 2018 (date tba): Interview workshop for selected candidates in Munich
  • End of March 2018: Final decisions
  • June-October 2018: Start of PhD or postdoc