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Vacancy ID: 091/2023
Closing date: 2023-03-31


Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research seeks to fill the position of a

Postdoctoral Researcher in 3D Bioactive Glass Scaffolds

commencing at the earliest possible date.

We offer a full-time position (40 hours per week), limited until 31.01.2025.

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), this project focuses on three-dimensional (3D), highly porous and cellular bioactive glass scaffolds for tissue regeneration. By using an approach which combines new scaffold geometries with inorganic functionalisation to obtain compositional gradients, we aim to create scaffolds with improved mechanical stability.
As our new postdoctoral researcher, you will prepare and characterise such scaffolds consisting of different glass types (e.g. silicate and phosphate) and investigate their sintering behaviour including inherent diffusion processes. In addition, you will investigate ion release and mineralisation during in vitro immersion experiments.
This project is a collaboration with the Group of Cellular Ceramics and Simulation at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Biomaterials Laboratory at the University Hospital Jena.

Your responsibilities:

    • Conduct interdisciplinary research within the context of 3D glass scaffolds as biomaterials
    • Planning, preparation, implementation, analysis and research data management of the project
    • Supervise and support researchers at M.Sc. or B.Sc. level
    • Publication and dissemination of research results

Your profile:

    • An excellent Ph.D. degree in materials science, chemistry or related subjects
    • Relevant experience in the areas of glasses, glass-ceramics or related materials
    • Experience in solid-state NMR, Raman spectroscopy or computer tomography are desirable
    • We expect excellent English communication skills (both written and spoken)

We offer:

    • Opportunities to participate in a diverse and interdisciplinary experimental research project
    • Access to state-of-the-art analytical equipment and infrastructure, contacts to international collaboration partners
    • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) at salary scale 13 — depending on the candidate’s personal qualifications—, including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement
    • A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families: University Family Office ‘JUniFamilie’ and flexible childcare (‘JUniKinder);
    • University health promotion and a wide range of university sports activities;
    • Attractive fringe benefits, e.g. capital formation benefits (VL), Job Ticket (benefits for public transport), and an occupational pension (VBL)
    • 30 days of recreational leave in the calendar year plus two days off for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week), limited to 31.01.2025.

Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.

Are you eager to work for us? Then submit your detailed written application (cover letter describing motivation for the project, research interests and relevant experience, complete CV including contact details of at least two scientific references and publication list) preferably by email (one PDF file), stating the vacancy ID 091/2023 by 31 March 2023 to:

Prof. Dr. Delia Brauer
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research
Fraunhoferstr. 6
07743 Jena, Germany
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