Postdoc in Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology: Development of a Next-Generation Automated Synthesis Reactor


Stellenangebot vom 30. August 2018

The “Automated Glycan Assembly” group at the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam is looking for a motivated and ambitious

Postdoc candidate (f/m)
with a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering,
Biotechnology or related subjects.

Oligosaccharides are one of the most important classes of biomolecules. They are involved in a variety of biochemical processes, such as cell differentiation, proliferation and adhesion, inflammation and immune responses. However, it is often difficult or even impossible to isolate this carbohydrate structures from natural sources. Chemical synthesis is a powerful tool in order to furnish sufficient amounts of pure oligosaccharides for biological evaluation or vaccine production. The classical solution phase synthesis of oligosaccharides is often a time-consuming task and usually requires a special strategy for each molecule. To overcome these problems, solid phase synthesis is a powerful alternative approach. This approach leads to carbohydrate structures of interest, that could be further used for the synthesis of glycoconjugates or glycan arrays.

Therefore, in a highly interdisciplinary and high-profile project, the development of a next-generation automated synthesis reactor is the goal.

What is expected?

  • The candidate is expected to be a motivated team worker, who fits into a highly interdisciplinary and multinational research environment. Confidence in spoken and written English is a requirement.
  • Strong experimental and design skills in chemical or biotechnological engineering (development of small-scale chemical reactor), as well as a good understanding of solid-phase chemistry are required. Adequate programming skills (MATLAB, Labview and/or Python) are essential. Interest in organic synthesis and biology are helpful.

We offer:
The “Automated Glycan Assembly” group is embedded in the Department of Biomolecular Systems, led by Prof. Dr. Peter H. Seeberger, an internationally recognized leader in carbohydrate chemistry. The department has a well-equipped research facility providing stimulating grounds for scientific progress in an international, multidisciplinary research environment. A comprehensive repertoire of instruments stands alongside high-profile collaborators in a fruitful research spectrum covering synthetic organic chemistry, engineering, biochemistry, glycobiology, nanotechnology, immunology, and biophysics.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer: Handicapped individuals are strongly encouraged to apply, as are women in areas in which they are underrepresented.

Please submit your electronic application to Prof. Dr. Peter H. Seeberger () comprising a curriculum vitae (including scientific publications, posters and talks), your high school, BSc, Diploma/MSc, and PhD certificates. Also provide at least one scientific reference such as your PhD thesis advisor plus a short summary of your thesis or project work. Applications not fulfilling these requirements will not be considered.
The position is available from October 2018.

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