Job Listings



This is a listing of open positions and research opportunities either directly, or closely, related to the physics of living systems.

GaTech Positions

Below are a listing of Post-Doc positions available in the Physics of Living Systems research groups at Georgia Tech.

Postdoc Positions
PoLS Postdoctoral Fellowships (multiple available)
The Physics of Living Systems (PoLS) Student Research Network at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) invites applications for multiple PoLS Postdoctoral Fellowships. The successful applicants will join the GT node of the National Science Foundation funded Student Research Network. Successful applicants will work with faculty in the GT node on projects at the interface of physics and biology. Candidates with backgrounds in biological physics, biorobotics, soft condensed matter, and nonlinear dynamics are encouraged to apply. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in physics, biophysics, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated ability to conduct independent high-impact research.

Appointments are available immediately. To apply, please e-mail with a curriculum vitae (CV) along with a one page statement of how your research interests are related to this position. In addition, please arrange to have two letters of recommendation e-mailed to the same address. Applications will be considered immediately and the search will continue until all positions are filled.

Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with the Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986. Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US.

Postdoc in Theoretical Viral Ecology
Prof. Joshua Weitz Georgia Institute of Technology

Start Date: Summer 2014

A postdoctoral scientist position (2+ years) is available at Georgia Tech in the theoretical ecology and quantitative biology group of Dr. Joshua Weitz (School of Biology). The postdoc will lead efforts to develop analytical and computational models of the dynamics and diversity of environmental viruses. Requirements include: (1) PhD in physics, computational biology, applied mathematics, ecology, evolutionary biology or related area; (2) Strong quantitative & computational skills; (3) Excellent communication skills; (4) Interest and experience in collaborative research. Position to start in Summer 2014, start date negotiable, includes competitive salary, benefits, and travel budget. Screening of applicants will begin October 15, 2013, however all applications will be considered until position is filled. To apply, please e-mail Joshua Weitz ( with a curriculum vitae (CV), a one page statement of how your research interests are related to this position, and contact information for 3 references. More information on the group’s research can be found at Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta, GA in the Midtown neighborhood – a vibrant, urban community:

Other Institutions

The following are open positions at non-GaTech institutions. If you are interested in posting a position contact the GaTech-PoLS web master

Postdoc positions
Postdoc in Biophysics and Synthetic Biology
Prof. Michael Nash Ludwig-Maximilians University (Munich, DE)

Start date: Immediately?

Dear Colleagues,
I would like to draw your attention to an open job posting for postdoctoral candidates. I am in the process of hiring postdocs and PhD students in the areas of biophysics and synthetic biology for a project that will be funded through the Human Frontiers Science Program. In collaboration with the group of Prof. Cheemeng Tan at UC Davis, the project will focus on establishing genetic circuits, engineering cellulosome complexes, and monitoring complex assembly with single-molecule fluorescence. The postdoctoral candidate will benefit from the technical resources available at the LMU Center for Nanoscience, and from the high quality scientific environment of the greater Munich area. A link to the posting is included below. I would appreciate it if you could pass this along to potentially interested students/postdocs. Thank you,
Best regards from Munich,
Michael Nash
More information can be found here

Postdoc Positions & Grants
On Behalf of Taekjip Ha and Klaus Schulten – PLEASE POST AND CIRCULATE

Dear Colleagues, We are writing to inform you of several postdoctoral fellowship opportunities in experimental and theoretical biophysics in the “Center for the Physics of Living Cells” (CPLC), a National Science Foundation Physics Frontier Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Fellowships are available starting May 2015, and will normally last a minimum of two years.

Research in the Center falls in four themes: (1) Single-molecule biophysics at the molecular-cellular interface; (2) Maximizing information content of single cell experiments; (3) Collective dynamics: from cell-cell interaction to multicellular organisms; (4) Increasing biological realism in theory and computation. Fellows will use state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical biophysical tools to accomplish these goals: optical tweezers, single-molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, fabrication of synthetic nanostructures, live cell imaging, chemical biology and genomic biology tools, classical and quantum mechanical molecular simulations, stochastic modeling, whole cell simulations, as well as the standard methods of molecular and cellular biology and genetics. Research will involve both the development and improvement of experimental and computational techniques and the application of these techniques to particular biological processes such as replication, transcription, translation, cell transport, cellular mechanics signaling, and motility. As projects are collaborative endeavors between several labs, the Fellows will have the opportunity to be jointly advised by two or more faculty members of the Center. Fellows will also be expected to participate in education and outreach activities of the Center. Candidates for this postdoctoral position must have a Ph.D. in the physical sciences, life science, or related disciplines, and must be highly qualified in one of the experimental or theoretical areas. Excellent oral- and written-communication skills are required for this position. The University of Illinois is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and welcomes applications from minority and women candidates.

Applications for this position (and other positions available in the Physics Department) may be submitted electronically via, and should arrive no later than December 1, 2014. Applications received after the deadline may not be considered. These applications should include, in PDF format: (1) A cover letter (2) A curriculum vitae (3) A research statement not exceeding three pages, summarizing your past and ongoing research, (4) A publications list, including papers and preprints with their URLs. For any papers or preprints that are not readily available via the internet, applicants may wish to upload electronic copies via the “supporting document” channel.

Please post and circulate the attached announcement or if interested, apply accordingly.

For more information about CPLC, please visit .

Thank you.

Taekjip Ha and Klaus Schulten

Co-directors, Center for the Physics of Living Cells University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1110 West Green Street, MC 704 Urbana, IL 61801-3080, USA