Postdoc Göttingen: Network Analysis: The Statistics of Gromov Wasserstein Spaces

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1456 Mathematics of Experiment: The challenge of indirect measurements in the natural sciences at the Georg-August-University Göttingen started on January 1, 2021 offers a position for
a four years PostDoc (f/m/d).

The postdoc will work as a leading scientist in subproject A04.
“Dynamics of cytoskeletal networks: From geometric structure to cell mechanics”
within an interdisciplinary environment of the biophysics lab headed by Sarah Köster and the mathematical statistics group of Axel Munk.

The aim of this project is to investigate how two mechanically distinct types of polymers found in biological cells - microtubules and intermediate filaments - influence or even stabilize each other. We envision to gain a more detailed understanding of this interplay on cell mechanics, dynamics and, eventually, function. The postdoc will develop novel statistical and mathematical tools to investigate the dynamical and correlative behavior of such networks, based on Gromov-Wasserstein spaces and related concepts. As we model filament networks as graphs with metric measure space structure, we expect the scope of applicability far beyond the present applications.
The position should be filled until May 31, 2021. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (E13 TV-L). The position is offered with 100% of the regular working hours.
About us: The aim of CRC 1456 is to develop mathematical data analysis for the natural sciences, i.e. mathematical theory and tools to efficiently extract maximal quantitative information from experimental data. Data analysis based on optimal transport and related concepts, such as Gromov-Wasserstein spaces will be a key issue in several of these projects.

Your profile:
· You have a background in mathematical statistics, applied analysis and/or optimization and preferably some experience with computational data analysis.
· You like to work in an interdisciplinary team at the cutting edge of mathematical theory and experimental labs.
· You are willing to participate in leading a team of PhD students and graduates.
· You are fully proficient in written and spoken English.
· You hold an excellent PhD degree (or equivalent) in mathematics or a related field.
· You already have or wish to gain experience in data modelling and analysis in the natural sciences represented in this CRC.

The institutions mentioned above are equal opportunities employers and place particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. We have committed ourselves to being family-friendly institutions and support our employees in balancing work and family life. We are committed to employing a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.
More information on the individual projects and the positions can be found at . Your application including also a curriculum vitae, copies of your certificates and contact information of at least two references should be submitted to the online application platform by February 28, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Eva Hetzel via e-mail ( or Axel Munk (

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