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PhD Project Facilitating Wound Closure

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We are one of 83 institutes of the "Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science". Our main focus lies in fundamental research. Currently, we have a staff of about 270, in three scientific departments and one Max Planck research group.
 
Location: Biophysical Chemistry, University Heidelberg in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for medical Research, Heidelberg
Project supervisor: Heike Boehm
 
Designing wound dressings to aid the natural wound healing process is a major challenge for biomedical applications. Recently different experiments have been performed to understand the underlying chemo-mechanical impacts during this vital process well-controlled cell monolayers. Within this PhD project, we will expand these experiments to quantitatively study realistic 3-dimensional (3D) organotypic skin models and aid the wound healing mechanism by smart synthetic hydrogel covers. This project addresses these challenges in a truly interdisciplinary: In a molecular systems engineering approach we design smart, hyaluronan-based hydrogel materials with defined chemo-mechanical proper­ties. These functional hydrogels serve as smart wound covers, forming supporting shields for epithelial cell guiding and for the quantitative analysis of wound closure in realistic organotypic skin models including live cell imaging.
 
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
 
Applications should include a CV, a list of publications (if applicable) and contact names and addresses of one to three references familiar with the work of the candidate. Please submit al materials preferably in electronic form (as one single PDF file) via e-mail with references to the code number 03/2016 until July, 31 st 2016 to jobs@vw.mpimf-heidelberg.mpg.de.

We offer a salary dependent on training and qualifications, based on the standard German civil service salary scale (group 13).
 
Related References:
Das, T. et al., A molecular mechanotransduction pathway regulates collective migration of epithelial cells. Nature Cell Biology, 2015. 17(3): p. 276-87.
Rausch, S. et al. Polarizing cytoskeletal tension to induce leader cell formation during collective cell migration. Biointerphases J. 8:32; DOI: 10.1186/1559-4106-8-32 (2013).
 

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Applications should include a CV, a list of publications (if applicable) and contact names and addresses of one to three references familiar with the work of the candidate. Please submit al materials preferably in electronic form (as one single PDF file) via e-mail with references to the code number 03/2016 to jobs@vw.mpimf-heidelberg.mpg.de

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Working hours
Full-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Region
Germany (Baden-Württemberg)
Working place
69120 Heidelberg
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology
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