Open Positions: CRC1551 – Polymer Concepts in Cellular Function

Dear Colleagues of Technische Universität Dresden,

The largest federal funding body of Germany (DFG) has established the Collaborative Research Center (CRC 1551) on “Polymer Concepts in Cellular Functions” in Mainz, starting January 2023. The participating scientists will investigate the polymeric nature of DNA, RNA and proteins and analyse how the polymeric properties as well as the dynamic interactions of these biomolecules govern cellular function.

This CRC is a collaboration between the following institutions:

· Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz

· Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) Mainz

· Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) Mainz

· Max Planck Institute for Biophysics (MPI-BP) Frankfurt

· University of Stuttgart

The network features an Integrated Research Training group (IRTG), a structured PhD program at the interface of polymer and life sciences (, and unites molecular biologists, cell biologists, biophysicists and clinicians with expertise in cellular disease models as well as specialists in macromolecular chemistry, physical chemistry and polymer analysis with researchers that have theoretical expertise in multi-scale modelling, polymer theory, bioinformatics, data science and machine learning.

We are looking for ~30 PhD students and Postdocs interested in the interface between polymer science and life science to form the core of this new network.

We would very much appreciate it if you could forward this information to researchers who might be interested in joining this CRC. Candidates with background and interest in any of the disciplines mentioned can find information on the projects on our website A flyer with this information to be forwarded can also be found here.

Applications can be submitted only via the following website: Submission deadline is February 15th 2023.

Thank you very much for your help and best wishes from Mainz,
Your CRC1551-Team