Synthetic polymers are key components in tailor-made, functional materials for a vast range
of applications, e.g., construction, electronics, textiles, nutrition, cosmetics, and medicine. Yet,
exploring their full potential is often limited by a notable lack of strategies for efficient and
targeted design of well-established, yet hard-to-functionalize, low-reactive polymers. On this
account, in a joined approach, we will design synthetic polymers (IPF) and introduce functional
groups in the polymer backbone via cell-free bio-catalysis based on pre-screened, tailored
enzymes (TU Dresden). The combination of abiological synthesis and biological functionalization
of polymers will foster interdisciplinary exchange between life sciences and material sciences, and
turn towards a new direction in polymer research. For that, we offer a position for a
Postdoc (m/f/d), 40 h/week, on
Polymer analytics and and synthesis of tailor-made polymers
for enzymatic fuctionalization
The Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) is one of the largest polymer research
facilities in Germany. As an institute of the Leibniz Association, the IPF is committed to carrying
out application‐oriented fundamental research and receives its basic funding in equal parts from
the federal and state governments. The position is part of a newly launched interdisciplinary
research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (“Change of Course – Exploring New
Research Territories between the Life Sciences and Science or Engineering”).
An academic background in chemistry with hands-on training in polymer analytics (MALDI,
SEC, HPLC, NMR) is essential as much as a strong interest for polymer synthesis.
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The desire to work across disciplines and discuss/present results with our collaborator from
TU Dresden (Molecular Biotechnology) is essential. If you are motivated by these challenges,
please submit your excellent record of accomplishment with research interests, full CV, a detailed
description of experience in experimental and characterization methods, publication list, and
contact information of two references to the Personnel Department. Detailed information: firstname.lastname@example.org or thielelab.com.
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