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PhD Student Materials Science - Artificial Biofilms (m/w/d)

Ort: Gemeinde Donsieders
Unternehmen: INM Leibniz Institute for New Materials gGmbH
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The INM research group Bioprogrammable Materials is looking for an enthusiastic PhD student with a background in biomaterials or experimental biophysics with experience in handling bacteria. We have an exciting project on developing hydrogel-based artificial biofilms for studying the effects of physical confinement on bacterial behavior. The project is highly inter-disciplinary involving collaborations with partners in biophysics, microbiology, materials science and medicine. For this, we are seeking to fill a 3-year PhD student position.

Fabrication and mechanical characterization of hydrogels with a range of viscoelastic properties.

Culturing and encapsulating different types of bacteria in these hydrogels

Studying bacterial behavior within these hydrogels through various biochemical and microscopy techniques, including image processing

Processing the data and correlating bacterial behavior with hydrogel mechanical properties through mathematical models

Active participation in the research activities of the group in close collaboration with other team members and external partners

Publish scientific papers resulting from this research and present results at international meetings
We are seeking a person with a degree in materials science, experimental biophysics or related fields, with practical experience in handling bacteria. Candidates should be self-motivated, have good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels. The ability to work as a member of an international, multi-disciplinary team is a critical asset, and proficiency in English is mandatory. Since we work on application-oriented research, candidates with entrepreneurial interests are appreciated.
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