▸ Openings



We offer interesting and rewarding projects (see also research).

We particularly look for graduate students and postdocs with the following skills and interests:


  • Synthetic Biology of Multi-cellular Systems
    • The project goal is to engineer and study multi-cell forms and patterns while expanding our synthetic biology toolbox, e.g., implementing "synthetic developmental biology programs." We recently developed the first tools to control synthetic, genetically encoded cell-cell adhesion. We currently focus is on e.coli - but we intend to use other systems in the future (e.g., mammalien). The ideal candidate has experience genetic engineering / synthetic biology.
  • Biophysics of Multi-cellular Systems
    • Using our new synthetic cell-cell adhesion tools, we can now implement and study a multitue of multi-cellular patterns. The resulting design space provides ample opportunity for exploration (experimentally and theoretically), with the goal to understand the underlying dynamic and biophysical principles of bacterial aggregation and ecology. The ideal candidate has experience in imaging and image analysis, basic biology experimentation, and theory / modeling.
  • Interactive Biotechnology / Human-Computer Interaction Design
    • The project goal is to further advance our biology cloud experimentation technology and to use it to aid online education and research life science research. CS /programming background (and potentially also interest in human-computer interactions as well as devices) is desired; interest in game design or arts is a plus.
  • Education through Interactive Biotechnology
    • The project goal is the design user interfaces for our interactive biotechnology devices with an application to (online) education, and then design and execute the corresponding educational studies. This position is jointly with Prof. Paulo Blikstein (School of Education).


We always have interesting projects for rotation and graduate students.


Generally we are looking for curious, creative and talented people (rotation students, graduate students and postdocs) with various skills and interests:


  • synthetic biology / developmental biology / microbiology
  • biophysics
  • bioengineering
  • devices (microfluidics / mechanical / electrical engineering / mechatronics)
  • computer science ( web-interfaces / mobile devices / data bases / HCI)
  • education
  • arts / game design
  • e.coli / biofilms / euglena / mammalian cell culture

We always welcome applicants with other backgrounds, and we provide great training opportunities in various areas.


How to apply:

Please email Ingmar [] with statement of your interests and a CV. We also very much welcome your own ideas and project suggestions.