PhD student (m/w/d)

Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden (IPF)

The IPF‐Institute of Physical Chemistry and Polymer Physics, Department Nanostructured Materilas is offering a

PhD student (m/f/d)

26 h/week, on Cell‐free enzymatic functionalization of synthetic polymers.

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. Its exciting goal is to modify hard‐to‐functionalize, low‐reactive polymers with functional groups by utilizing enzyme‐based biocatalysis. The ideal candidate has an academic background in chemistry (polymer synthesis, functionalization, characterization) and should have a strong experience in and interest for:

  • Advanced polymer synthesis (living anionic polymerization of PEG)
  • Polymer characterization (NMR, GPC, HPLC, MALDI‐TOF)
  • Enzymatic functionalization strategies

The desire to work across disciplines and discuss results with our collaborator from TU Dresden (Molecular Biotechnology) is essential.


Master of Science in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Specialization: Polymer Chemistry

Starting date: 1.2.2020

Duration: 3 years

Salary: According to German pay grade TV‐L EG 13

Preference is given to severely disabled applicants, if they have the same level of qualification. IPF attaches importance to equal professional treatment of women and men. The data submitted by you in the course of the application procedure will be processed by IPF. IPF shall use the data for the purposes of the application procedure. No data shall be passed on to third parties. The costs for the interviews will not be refunded.

Please send your Applications in English and include the following documents: motivation letter stating research interests and relevance for the PhD project, curriculum vitae, degree certificates including lists of grades, recommendation letters, publications or, where appropriate, a graduation thesis. Application documents specifying the above job vacancy number should be submitted to the Personnel Department of the IPF.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Thiele (Thiele(at)ipfdd.de) or Dr. Kaufmann (kaufmann(at)ipfdd.de).

Job vacancy No. 157-2019

Leibniz‐Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.

Frau Susanne Otto

Head of Personnel Department

Hohe Straße 6

01069 Dresden