19/01/2021

PHD STUDENT POSITION IN BACTERIAL SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    INM - Leibniz-Institute for New Materials gGmbH
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/02/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Germany › Saarbruecken
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    39.5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/03/2021
  • IS THE JOB RELATED TO STAFF POSITION WITHIN A RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE?
    Yes

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The INM research group Bioprogrammable Materials is looking for an enthusiastic PhD student with experience in bacterial genetic engineering. We combine synthetic biology and biomaterials to develop smart platforms for therapeutics and sensing applications. One exciting research line involves the development of Living Materials for stimuli-responsive drug delivery using genetically engineered living bacteria encapsulated within hydrogels. The bacteria are engineered to produce drugs on-demand, in response to external triggers such as small-molecules, light, heating, etc. Towards therapeutic applicability, we plan to program such functions in probiotic bacteria and for such projects, we are seeking to fill a 3-year funded position for a PhD student.

To propel training in this new field, the student will also be provided access to the activities and resources of the Leibniz Science Campus on Living Therapeutic Materials (https://www.lsclifemat.de/) - a multidisciplinary consortium of research groups within the campuses of the Saarland University, working together on this topic.

We are seeking a person with a degree in biotechnology, biochemistry, microbiology or related fields, with practical experience in bacterial genetic engineering. 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.

More Information

Eligibility criteria

The INM is an equal-opportunity employer with a certified family-friendly policy. We promote professional opportunities for women and strongly encourage them to apply.

Selection process

Interested candidates should submit their complete application by email to Dr. Shrikrishnan Sankaran (Shrikrishnan.sankaran@leibniz-inm.de) with the following:

  • Motivation letter (included in the text of the email - max. 1 page)
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Publication list
  • Academic transcripts
  • Contact details of 2 references

The deadline for submission is February 15th, 2021.

Additional comments

The INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials is located in Saarbrücken/Germany, at the heart of the German/French/Luxembourg/Belgian Greater Region. We are an internationally leading center for materials research, a scientific partner to national and international research institutions, and a provider of research and development for companies throughout the world. The INM is an institute of the Leibniz Association and has about 250 employees.

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    GERMAN: Basic

Skills/Qualifications

Major duties/responsibilities

  • Genetic engineering of stimuli-responsive production of a therapeutic protein in E. coli and lactic acid bacteria by designing and incorporating various genetic modules in plasmids and bacterial chromosomes
  • Analysis and optimization of release profiles and bioactivity of the therapeutic protein from the modified bacteria. This will also involve in vitro experiments with mammalian cells
  • Encapsulation of bacteria in hydrogels and analysis of their performance
  • Active participation in the research activities of the group in close collaboration with other team members
  • Publish scientific papers resulting from this research and present results at international meetings.

 

 

Specific Requirements

 

 

 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
INM - Leibniz-Institute for New Materials gGmbH
Germany
Saarland
Saarbruecken
66123
Campus D2 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 595678

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