PhD candidate (m/f) for the Design of Novel Biodegradable Nanocarriers

The Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, Germany) is seeking in the group of Priv.-Doz. Dr. Frederik Wurm (department of Dir. Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester) a

PhD candidate (m/f) for the Design of Novel Biodegradable Nanocarriers

as soon as possible (Part of the European (Horizon2020) Project “Biorescue”, 3 years, payment according to German law (TVöD, 50%) associated to the Max-Planck-Graduate School (MPGS).

Your tasks
• Working in an interdisciplinary environment
• Guided PhD period by the MPGS
• Synthesis of biodegradable polymeric drug carriers by modern bioorthogonal polymer synthesis in emulsion
• Detailed colloidal understanding of the drug carriers with advanced analyses methods (scattering techniques, thermo analysis, spectroscopic methods)
• Development, planning and analyses of biomedical relevant drug carriers in close collaboration with biological and medical research partners
• Establishing reliable protocols for syntheses, modification, quantification, application of nanoparticular drug carriers
• Degradation studies
Your ideal qualification
• M.Sc. in chemistry or an equivalent education
• Sound knowledge of polymer syntheses, especially colloid sciences.
• You are ambitious, self-motivated and have high team work capabilities
• Hands-on experience in emulsion polymerization, polymerization techniques, analyses (Light scattering)
• You possess excellent writing skills
• Experience in science communication is an advantage
Please send by email your grades during your bachelor and master studies as well as the title and abstract of your doctoral thesis together with a list of publications you co-authored and projects you were leading or working in. For further details, please contact Dr. Frederik Wurm. To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, a brief research proposal (max. 2 pages, for further details can be asked by e- mail) and the names of at least two referees in one combined pdf to (;

How to apply:
Send application to
Dr. Frederik Wurm,
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