Job Opportunities

PhD student


161124-hairy-surface.jpgWe are currently inviting applications for a PhD researcher (m/f) for a project on bio-inspired hairy surfaces. In this project we will develop materials and processes to generate such surfaces and study the parameters that govern the mechanism of formation. This project is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network Plant-inspired Materials and Surfaces – PlaMatSu (www.plamatsu.eu). PlaMatSu brings together plant biologists, polymer chemists and soft matter physicists to explore the surfaces of natural plant leaves and petals in order to develop novel bio-inspired materials and surfaces.

Applicants must have a MSc or equal degree in Chemistry or Materials Science. Excellent skills in the domain of polymer science are expected. Experience in biomacromolecular chemistry (proteins, natural polymers) are an advantage. Enthusiasm for top-quality research and good oral and written English communication skills are a must. Proficiency in either German or French is an advantage. Only candidates who meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie mobility rules (see ec.europa.eu/research) can be considered

We offer a research environment which stimulates highly interdisciplinary research in the fields of surface science, polymer chemistry and microsystems engineering. As a member of PlaMatSu, the successful candidate will also benefit from a multitude of training opportunities in an international setting, including secondments at leading academic and/or industrial partners.

Please send your complete documentation (reference PlaMatSu-Freiburg-5; including letter of motivation, CV, copies of pertinent certificates, and contact details of two references) until 30.06.2017 to: plamatsu@unifr.ch, stating the job-ID in the subject line. The successful candidate is expected to start as early as possible. For additional information about the position, please contact Prof. Jürgen Rühe (email ruehe@imtek.de), Dr. Oswald Prucker (prucker@imtek.de) or the PlaMatSu project manager Dr. Barbara Fraygola (barbara.fraygola@unifr.ch).


General Information for Applicants

  • Ph.D. candidates must have a Diplom or Master's Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Microsystems Engineering. Good spoken and written English is required. Candidates from outside Germany should check  with the Faculty of Engineering (Dekanat/Dean's office) if their degree is accepted before applying for a Ph.D. position. Bachelor's degrees are usually not acceptable to go directly for your Ph.D. (you will need a Master's degree).
  • HiWi's should have finished their Vordiplom (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Microsystems Engineering or Biology.
  • Applications from Bachelor candidates and Master/Diploma Candidates from Biology, Chemistry or Microsystems Engineering are always welcome.
  • Applications including a CV and certificates should be sent electronically to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe (ruehe@imtek.de). Further information is also available from Dr. Oswald Prucker (++49 761 203 7164, prucker@imtek.de)
  • Applications for Dr. Karen Lienkamp's Polymer Synthesis and Surface Engineering Group: Applicants of all levles (Hiwi, Bachelor/Master students, Ph.D. candidates, PostDocs) please follow the instructions on this form.


Date posted: 13.10.2015

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