Postdoc position in: Synthesis of Hydrogels for Next Gen 3D-Bioprinting

Job Offer from January 25, 2024

The group of Dr. Jasmina Gačanin – Cell-Instructive Materials (Department for Synthesis of Macromolecules led by director Prof. Dr. Tanja Weil, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher (TVöD E13 100%) to strengthen the research in the field of self-healing hydrogels as printable bioinks. We are currently looking for a highly motivated and talented postdoc with an excellent academic record, strong expertise and interest in (macromolecular) chemistry including chemical synthesis, modification of biopolymers, material science, preferably with experience in biopolymers, supramolecular chemistry, hydrogels, and 3D printing. The position is available now.


The fundamental research we conduct is part of a BMBF-funded project with project partners from NMI Reutlingen and TU Darmstadt, as well as project mentors from the industry. The project is motivated by the current gap in materials research regarding 3D-bioprinting: Compatibility of material printability and cell viability. Following nature's example, where nanostructures and hydrogels are found that adapt dynamically to their environment in an optimal way, we wish to develop self-healing (hydrogel) biomaterial-inks. Within this research project, the successful candidate will be in charge of developing novel biopolymeric structures that are able to form self-healing and printable hydrogels.


For this position, we seek enthusiastic and motivated candidates with a PhD degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science, or similar. Applicants should have a strong background (courses and/or practical knowledge) in synthetic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and biomaterials. Good language skills in English (written and spoken) are required. Eagerness to proactively contribute to teamwork is highly valued, along with a friendly and positive personality that fosters a supportive and inclusive work environment. Interested candidates should submit the following via email with subject line “Heal-X Postdoc” as a single PDF to Dr. Jasmina Gačanin (

i) A letter of motivation (1 page),

ii) Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and a transcript (grade report) of your BSc and MSc degree.

iii) Up to 3 potential references.

iv) Brief summary of previous research projects (1-2 pages) including a list of scientific skills

Review of applications will start February 1st 2024 and will continue until the position has been filled. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

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