Job advertisement

Vacancy ID: 141/2023
Closing date: 2023-06-15


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 Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry seeks to fill the position of a

Postdoctoral Researcher

Full-time (100% / 40 hours per week) for an initial period of two years.

The position is part of the collaborative research center „PolyTarget“ (CRC 1278 - ) and deals with the synthesis, characterization, and application of light-responsive polymers and block copolymers for spatially and temporally controlled release of active substances. In particular, the incorporation of photoacids into block copolymer micelles and their activation using visible light is of interest. The work is carried out together with partners from physical chemistry, biochemistry, and medicine. In particular, we are aiming at polymeric photoacids, which upon irradiation can lead to local changes in proton concentration and by that mediate changes in solubility or structure.

Your responsibilities:

    • You will work on an interdisciplinary research project
    • Preparation and investigation of light-responsive polymers and block copolymers using controlled/living polymerization techniques
    • Planning of the project, experimental work, reporting and communication
    • Generation of scientific results in the form of publications, posters, presentations and dissertations, including participation in national / international conferences

Your profile:

    • A PhD in (polymer) chemistry
    • Willingness to work and exchange scientific knowledge in an interdisciplinary team
    • Enthusiasm to play an active role in our interdisciplinary team
    • Highly motivated and creative personality, with interest in designing and shaping your own project
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

We offer:

    • Remuneration according to the provisions of the collective agreement for the public service of the federal states (TV-L) in accordance with personal requirements up to pay group E13 including a special annual payment according to the collective agreement.
    • Opportunity to conduct research at the interface of chemistry, materials science, and biomedicine as part of a highly interdisciplinary collaborative project and access to an innovative and globally unique research platform
    • Become part of an international and interdisciplinary research group within a scientific network that offers research and infrastructure at the highest level, including participation in international and national conferences, summer schools and workshops

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, preferably by email (one PDF file), stating the vacancy ID 141/2023 by 15.06.2023 to:

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