Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg

Falko Ziebert

Research Interests

    • nonlinear physics, non-equilibrium physics, soft matter physics, biophysics
    • pattern formation, instabilities and hydrodynamics, liquid crystals
    • cytoskeletal dynamics and structure - filaments, motors, crosslinks; self-assembly
    • cell motility, cell adhesion, collective effects in cells and bacteria
    • confined polymer systems, dewetting, adhesion, polymer interfaces, glasses
    • polymer films and biological membranes in external fields, electrokinetic effects
    • self-propulsion in artificial/biomimetic systems


Short Vita

    since July 2018
    Privatdozent at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany
    since Mai 2017
    senior postdoc at Heidelberg University, Institute for Theoretical Physics in the group of Prof. Ulrich Schwarz, Heidelberg, Germany
    December 2014
    Habilitation in Physics at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
    2014 - 2017
    Eigene Stelle (DFG) at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
    2011 - 2013
    joint postdoc in the group 'Experimental Polymer Physics' (with Prof. G. Reiter, University of Freiburg)
    and in the group 'Theory and Simulation of Polymers' (with Prof. J. Baschnagel, Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France)
    2008 - 2010
    postdoc, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), France, with Dr. Elie Raphaël and Dr. David Lacoste
    2006 - 2007
    postdoc, Argonne National Lab, U.S., with Dr. Igor Aranson
    PhD in physics, Universität Bayreuth, Germany, with Prof. Walter Zimmermann
    Diploma in physics, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, with Prof. Walter Zimmermann

Current teaching activities

    • Summer term 2017, Tutor for Theoretical Biophysics
    • October 2017, Lecture `Active matter: pattern formation and collective phenomena in biological systems'; Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days
    • Winter term 2017/18, Obertutor (in charge) for Theoretical Statistical Physics
    • Winter term 2017/18, participation in the lecture series `Biophysics' for B. Sc. students in Molecular Biotechnology
    • Summer term 2018, Lecture `Nonequilibrium thermodynamics and statistics'
    • Summer term 2018, Exercises (in charge) for Nonequilibrium thermodynamics and statistics
    • Winter term 2018/19, Lecture `Nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation'
    • Winter term 2018/19, Exercises (in charge) for Nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation
    • Winter term 2018/19, participation in the lecture series `Biophysics' for B. Sc. students in Molecular Biotechnology
    • Winter term 2018/19, Seminar `Cell Motility' with U. Schwarz and F. Frischknecht


Falko Ziebert
Institute for Theoretical Physics
Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg
Philosophenweg 19
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

email: f.ziebert at
phone: +49-(0)6221-54-9443
fax: +49-(0)6221-54-9331
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