We are hiring!

We are looking for a talented and motivated PhD candidate to work on an exciting collaborative project on microtubule mechanics in vitro (and in plant cells) within the ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Olivier Hamant (Lyon, France). The project will take place in the lab of Laura Aradilla (née Schaedel) in Saarbrücken (Germany). While the candidate will primarily work in Saarbrücken, the project involves frequent and active exchange with Olivier Hamant’s lab, too.

Forces shape plant cells and impact microtubule mechanical integrity, dynamics, and organization. Although microtubules have been shown to make an essential contribution to plant cell behavior, the molecular details of their role in plant cell mechanics remain largely elusive. Our labs, which have built specific expertise in plant cell mechanics and the microtubule cytoskeleton, respectively, thus join forces to work on the role of microtubules in the mechanics of plant cells. To achieve this goal, we will mainly use in vitro reconstituted systems made of purified proteins, as well as single plant cells.

The successful candidate should have a background in biophysics and / or biochemistry. Previous experience in protein biochemistry, ideally in the field of the cytoskeleton, as well as handling microfluidic devices or micromanipulation would be an asset.

We are looking forward to receiving your written application including your CV, cover letter, relevant certificates, and the contact details of at least two referees. Please send you application to Laura Aradilla (laura.aradillazapata[at] before March 15th, 2022.

We always welcome PhD students and postdocs who are interested in applying for their own funding. We also have projects for Bachelor and Master students available. Please contact us: laura.aradillazapata [at]