Doktorarbeit / PhD, interdisziplinär/interdisciplinary, Ingenieurwissenschaften/Engineering, Physik/Physics, Chemieingenieur/Chemical Engineering

The “Synthetic Array Technologies” group at the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm is looking for a motivated and ambitious PhD candidate, holding a Diploma/MSc in Mechanical/Chemical/Biological Engineering, Physics, Biotechnology, or related subjects.

Activities and responsibilities

Our current laser-based process only yields very thin nanolayers and not microlayers, which are required to synthesize larger amounts of biomolecules or materials. This would open a multitude of different approaches for applications in materials sciences and catalysis, where only medium throughput is required, but much higher molecule or material densities.
Therefore, in this project, different approaches of 3d printing will be investigated for the synthesis of biomolecules (peptides, DNA, glycans) and materials (nanoparticles), exploiting 3d printing technology and additive manufacturing. The goal is to develop a novel technology platform, which enables defined spatial and temporal chemical syntheses for a multitude of different applications in combinatorial chemistry.

Qualification profile

  • The candidate is expected to be a motivated team worker, who fits into a highly interdisciplinary and multinational research environment. Confidence in spoken and written English is a requirement.
  • Strong experimental skills in engineering, physics, chemical engineering, as well as basic programming skills are required. Interest in chemistry, biology, and medicine are helpful.

We offer

The “Synthetic Array Technologies” group is a research group, funded by the NanoMatFutur Program of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF). The group is embedded in the Department of Biomolecular Systems, led by Prof. Dr. Peter H. Seeberger. The department has a well-equipped research facility providing stimulating grounds for scientific progress in an international, multidisciplinary research environment. A comprehensive repertoire of instruments and our own workshop stands alongside high-profile collaborators in a fruitful research spectrum covering synthetic organic chemistry, engineering, biochemistry, glycobiology, nanotechnology, immunology, and biophysics.
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer: Handicapped individuals are strongly encouraged to apply, as are women in areas in which they are underrepresented.

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