PhD position: Biomaterials and Biofabrication

Job Offer from January 17, 2024

Join our dynamic and innovative research team as a PhD student where you will be at the forefront of cutting-edge developments in biomaterials, cell-material interactions and biofabrication techniques.

About the project

Within this research project, the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the future of tissue and food tissue engineering through the creation of advanced scaffolds incorporating living and engineered cells. You will be part of the Physical Chemistry of Polymers group at MPI-P, headed by Prof. Dr. Katharina Landfester.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop novel biomaterials with a focus on their application in tissue engineering.
  • Investigate and understand cell-material interactions to optimise scaffold performance.
  • Apply biofabrication techniques to produce scaffolds incorporating living and engineered cells.
  • Undertake material characterisation studies to ensure the quality and suitability of developed biomaterials.
  • Undertake biocompatibility studies to assess the safety and efficacy of engineered scaffolds.
  • Use confocal microscopy and other advanced imaging techniques to analyse cell behaviour within scaffolds.

Job requirements

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with a Master's degree in polymer chemistry, materials science or a related field. The ideal candidate will have knowledge or experience in biomaterial development and characterisation, cell studies and confocal microscopy. A willingness to actively contribute to team efforts, coupled with a friendly and positive personality that fosters a supportive and inclusive working environment is highly valued. Fluency in English, both written and spoken, is required as English is the working language at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.

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 65% TVöD Bund EG13-1.

Your application

Applications should be sent by e-mail to: jobapplication-landfestergroup@... and cc to Dr. Maria Villiou, should indicate in the subject line “Application: Biomaterials and Biofabrication”, 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.
  3. Contact details of two referees.
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