PostDoctoral position - Biology / Cell Culture / Tissue Engineering

Job Offer from October 31, 2023

The group of Dr. Christopher Synatschke (Department for Synthesis of Macromolecules, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz) is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (TVöD E13 100%) with a strong background in cell culture and biological evaluation of biomaterials. The preferred starting date is 1st of January 2024.


The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany is seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a cutting-edge research project entitled "Correlating Peptide Sequence to Structure and Biological Activity through Machine Learning and Data Mining." This exciting project aims at establishing structure-property-activity correlations between self-assembling peptide sequences and cellular responses through the use of data-mining and machine-learning techniques. This project will be performed in close collaboration with the Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Medicine (Fraunhofer ISC in Würzburg) and will strive to create tailored peptide-based biomaterials for tissue engineering. The successful candidate will work within the group of Dr. Christopher Synatschke (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Synthesis of Macromolecules group headed by Prof. Tanja Weil) and biologically evaluate new peptide-based biomaterials.

Recent publications of the collaboration around the topic include:

• Kaygisiz, K., Dutta, A., Rauch-Wirth, L., Synatschke, C. V., Münch, J., Bereau, T., & Weil, T. Inverse design of viral infectivity-enhancing peptide fibrils from continuous protein-vector embeddings. Biomaterials Science, 11(15), 5251-5261 (2023).

• Kaygisiz, K., Rauch-Wirth, L., Dutta, A. et al. Data-mining unveils structure–property–activity correlation of viral infectivity enhancing self-assembling peptides. Nat Commun 14, 5121 (2023).


The ideal candidate will possess:

• A Ph.D. in biology, tissue engineering, or biomaterials.

• Proficiency in the culturing of mammalian cell lines, primary cells, or organoids.

• Experience with evaluating biomaterials for tissue engineering.

• Evidence of high-quality scientific publications.

• Excellent collaborative and communication skills, with an interdisciplinary mindset.


We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, or any other protected characteristic. We encourage diversity and foster a culture of inclusion where everyone feels welcome.

Interested candidates should submit the following via email as a single PDF:

• Curriculum Vitae;

• List of publications;

• Contact information of two supervisors/collaborators to request recommendation letters;

• Brief summary of previous research projects (one or two pages).


Review of applications will start on 15th November 2023 and will continue until the position has been filled. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

For more information or to apply, please contact Dr. Christopher Synatschke (

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