Open positions

Join our team for fun and cutting edge science in one of Europe’s most beautiful and best equipped research environments!


Postdoc positions

Currently, I do not have funding for postdocs. I could, however, help outstanding candidates to secure their own fellowship. As a former Humboldt fellow, I can for example host incoming postdocs for 6-24 months holding a postdoctoral research grant from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. We provide lab space, consumables and have access to almost any high-end equipment in Dresden. Please also look into other German and European funding options. Please contact me ~1 year before your envisioned starting date as grant applications take long.


PhD positions

For now, I am hiring exclusively through the Dresden Internation PhD program / DIGS-BB. Please apply there and list me as a group leader that you would like to join. I will most like have 1-2 vacancies in the fall of 2018.


Bachelor and Master's theses, lab rotations ("Praktika")

Contact me by email. Our minimum time for lab rotations is 8 weeks.

Additional advice for applicants from overseas:

I am proud of having an international group and I encourage applications from overseas. Due to the high numbers of (often terrible) applications, some extra advice:

  1. In most western countries, PIs prefer to be addressed with their (sur-) names (e.g. Dear Dr. Schmidt) instead of "Dear Sir" or even worse "Dear Sir or Madam". My picture is on my website in case you wonder if Thorsten is a name for males or females.
  2. Make it clear, why you chose our group and what you find interesting about the research we are doing. I will immediately delete generic applications that seem to be sent to 100+ groups and I will not even bother to reply to your email. I will answer all applications that are specific, even if I think I will not hire you. So better write few specific applications than 100 generic ones...
  3. Please provide detailed academic records and give me an idea about the percentile of your grades/ points. Is the grade you got top 30% or rather top 3%?
  4. Please provide the contact details of 2 references (ideally former mentors of yours) including telephone numbers. I will contact them if I consider your application. After that, we will schedule a skype interview.
  5. Last but not least: I expect grad students to quickly develop a high degree of independence, have a critical mind, develop their own ideas and drive their projects themselves. Only apply if you are confident that this approach works for you.