Helmholtz Munich a research center with the mission to discover personalized medical solutions for the prevention and therapy of environmentally triggered diseases and promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

The Helmholtz Pioneer Campus (HPC) founded and funded by the Helmholtz Center Munich stands for the intelligent fusion of biomedical sciences, engineering and digitization. At HPC, top scientific talents from across the globe work together on the development of novel solutions that make a difference in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Janna Nawroth's primary research interest is to understand the mechanobiology of the airway epithelium. The lab studies how normal and abnormal mechanical forces shape epithelial differentiation and remodeling on genetic and functional levels, and how the resulting properties of extracellular matrix, tissue architecture, and mucus affect mucociliary clearance, the primary mechanical defense of the airways. 

We are looking for a highly motivated

Postdoctoral Fellow in Analysis and Modeling of Transport of Complex Biofluids (f/m/x) 101582

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Your responsibilities

  • Development of physics-based computational model describing mucus transport in ciilated airway epithelia in health and disease (e.g. COPD)
  • Aquisition and analysis of microscopy data in cilated airway epithelia and other biological samples to extract multiscale mechanical parameters (structure, material properties, kinematics, dynamics).
  • Image data integration and analysis using machine learning, AI, or similar.
  • Independent development of research questions, experimental designs and data analysis strategies.
  • Mentoring & training of undergraduate and graduate students and collaboration with other team members and labs
  • Planning and preparation of manuscript outlines and conference presentations.

Your qualifications

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Math or similar
  • Strong publication record in physics-based mathematical modeling of biomechanics and biofluids
  • Strong coding experience in Matlab or similar
  • Experience or strong interest in experimental work, especially microscopy
  • Background in modeling of motile cilia at different spatial scales (elastic filaments, rotors, envelope etc.
  • Background in complex fluids and viscoelasticity

What we offer you

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30 days annual leave
on-site health management service
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Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and world-leading research institutions it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

Provided that the prerequisites are fulfilled, a salary level up to E 13 is possible. Social benefits are based on the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD). The position is (initially) limited to two years, under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

To promote diversity, we welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we require further documents from you regarding the recognition of the degree. Please request the recognition as early as possible.

Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Janna Nawroth,, who will be happy to be of assistance.

Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Helmholtz Pioneer Campus
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1

85764 Neuherberg near Munich

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