Postdoc (m/f/d) Multidimensional Polymer Characterization

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG)
Germany (DE)
German public tariff (TV-AVH)
March 01 2021
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The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. For further information please refer to:

HZG is one of the 19 national institutions of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres e.V. (HGF). Around 1,000 employees carry out basic research and development work in close cooperation with national and international research institutions, research-oriented clinics and economic and public institutions.

At the Institute of Active Polymers some 100 scientists research multi-functional, polymer-based biomaterials for applications in regenerative medicine. Their implants and active agent delivery systems provide customised properties and functions to restore impaired body functions.

Postdoc (m/f/d) Multidimensional Polymer Characterization

Reference code: 50053233_2 – 2021/PL 3
Commencement date: as soon as possible for two years, full time (part time is possible)
The place of employment is Teltow (near Berlin).

The Institute of Biomaterials Science of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht located in Teltow (near Berlin) and the Berlin-Brandenburg Centre for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT) invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship (m/f/d) on Multidimensional and High-Throughput Polymer Characterization. This is initially a 2-year fixed term contract.

Your tasks

Within this project we seek to build (co)polymer databases, with an emphasis on copolyesters. You are responsible for the instrumental setup of a multidimensional polymer analysis infrastructure tailored for specific polymer systems. Within the project you will implement high-throughput characterization methods (fractionation and spectroscopy) to build polymer libraries. You have the opportunity to participate actively in the publication of research results, preparation of patents, and in attracting additional funding.

Your profile

You have a PhD in organic chemistry or macromolecular sciences, chemical or polymer engineering, and a strong background in polymer analytics, especially in multidimensional chromatographic methods. Knowledge and experience in preparative fractionation and in alternative fractionation methods (e.g. field-flow fractionation) is an extra plus. You have already gained hands-on experience in the systematic characterization of polymers to derive structure-function relationships as documented by a significant number of scientific publications. Additional knowledge in coupling different analytical techniques or combinatorial approaches are highly welcome; knowledge in computer programming languages is an asset. You are eager to collaborate with material and computer scientists as well as researchers from other disciplines, and to transfer your ideas to application-based research, especially towards medical applications.

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with over 1,000 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i.a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2021/PL 3.

Please start the online application process for this offered position via category Career & Campus.

Application deadline: March 21st, 2021
Contact: Ms. Vera Milkereit