Dr. Grazia Gonella
Dr. Grazia Gonella
Phone:+49 6131 379-164

PhD Position: Interactions of Proteins with Soft Surfaces

Job offer from August 01, 2018

A PhD position in the Nano Interfaces Group led by Dr. Grazia Gonella in the Department of Molecular Spectroscopy at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz is available immediately. The selected candidate will conduct cutting edge research at the interface of physics, chemistry, optics, and life/environmental science. In particular the project is focused on the fundamental mechanisms behind the Interactions of Protein with Soft Surfaces (either polymeric surfaces or membranes). These interactions are of paramount importance to guide the design of new engineered materials (both on the surface or biomolecule side) and predict their performance. The successful candidate will gain significant knowledge in spectroscopy (nonlinear vibrational and/or electronic spectroscopies), classical surface science/colloid techniques.

The Nano Interfaces Group is seeking a HIGHLY MOTIVATED PhD student (who has finished his/her MS not longer than 1 year ago or will finish it in the next 2 months) with a background in chemical physics/physical chemistry/surface science/optics/spectroscopy or very closely related field. Experience in laboratory automation, scientific programming, data analysis is a plus. Knowledge of Advanced Math and Quantum Mechanics appreciated. Drive to get projects completed, enthusiasm for and capability of interdisciplinary work, excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment are a must. Records of creative research and scientific independence demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals are preferred. 

Salary for the appointment will be consistent with the Max Planck Society guidelines for PhD students.

Working scientific language at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research is English. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons and women.

Starting date as early as September 1st, 2018 but can be discussed on a personal basis.

The application should be sent by e-mail to: with subject "PhD Position: Interactions of Proteins with Soft Surfaces" and should mandatorily include:

1) a letter of interest (max. 1 page), clearly stating the specific interest of the candidate to join the group, work on this project, his/her career goals, etc.;

2) CV (with publications if any);

3) grade transcripts clearly indicating courses taken and grades in each course (master, bachelor and high school);

4) two reference letters.

Applications not conforming to the points listed above will not be considered.

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