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Job Offer from February 05, 2021

Master Thesis: Controlled deposition of self-assembling neuro-supportive peptides for bioelectronic applications

Project and activities

The aim of the project is to study the effect of peptide self-assembly on the growth mechanism of neuronal cells. The role of the micro-, macrostructure and surface morphology of agarose layers at the agarose/peptide interface in cell cultures will be in focus. 

What are we looking for?

A Master Student position (m/f/d) in the Organic Field-Effect Transistor group led by Dr. Tomasz Marszalek in the Department of Molecular Electronics 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, materials science and bioengineering. In particular, the research is focused on the correlation between molecular self-assembly and supramolecular structures of various peptides and their influence on cell cultures. The research areas include fundamental physical chemistry of solution deposited peptides and neuronal cell structure for bioelectronic applications. The candidate will gain fundamental knowledge in meniscus guide coating, self-assembly of biomolecules and important characterization techniques.

Requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated student with a background either in physics, chemistry, polymer science, |biology or biochemistry or related fields, to carry out the following tasks:

  • processing of biomolecules (peptides) thin films,
  • micro- and macrostructure characterization,
  • optical and AFM characterization and evaluation of key processing parameters.

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

Candidates should send their application electronically containing an application letter, CV, to marszalek@mpip-mainz.mpg.de. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

 

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