PhD position: Conjugated Polymers for Photobiocatalysis

Job Offer from August 30, 2023

To strengthen the research in the field of photobiocatalysis, we are currently looking for highly motivated and curiosity-driven PhD candidates with an excellent academic record and strong expertise in organic chemistry, biology, colloidal science, preferably with rich experience in polymer synthesis and photo-triggered cross-linking reactions.

About the project

Within this research project, the successful candidate will be supervised for designing/synthesizing novel photobiocatalytic conjugated polymers and device fabrication, in order to enhance their functionality, reactivity and selectivity, esp. in artificial cells, living cells and bioelectronics. You will be part of the Physical Chemistry of Polymers department at the MPI-P, led by Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester.

Job requirements

For this position, we seek enthusiastic and motivated candidates with a Master degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, or similar. The selected candidate will conduct cutting edge research at the interface of chemistry, materials science, physics and biology and will benefit from a stimulating research environment in a diverse and interdisciplinary team with access to state-of-the–art facilities. The working language at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research is English. Therefore, good communication skills in English (both written and spoken) are also required.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more individuals with disabilities, and especially encourages them to apply. The Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

The position is available now. Remuneration will be according to the collective wage agreement for the public service (TVöD), 13 TV-B

Your application

Applications should be sent by e-mail to: jobapplication-landfestergroup@... and cc to:, should indicate in the subject line “Application: photobiocatalytic conjugated polymers”, and must include the following:

  1. A letter of motivation (max. 1 page), clearly stating the specific interest of the candidate to join the group and work on this project, his/her career goals, etc.
  2. Curriculum vitae with degree/mark details
  3. Contact information of at least two referees.

For more information, please contact Dr. Yuping Shi (

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