Vacancy Notice  248/2023

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) is an internationally oriented and regionally networked university with a strong research profile.


The Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering seeks to fill the following vacancy at the Institute of Chemistry:

Research Associate / PostDoc (m/f/d) as part of the ERC project 3DPartForm

Salary scale:
13 TV-L
Date commencing:
next possible date
Fixed term (until):
1 year
Contract status:
100 %

We are a university with a focus on engineering and natural sciences as well as economics and medicine. We offer excellent study and working conditions to 13,000 students from Germany and abroad as well as approx. 3,000 employees.

Job description:

The design of polymer microgels, e.g., as material basis for 3D printing of bioinks or the hierarchical design of soft matter is conventionally based on surfactant-stabilized microemulsions. To remove the surfactant shell after droplet solidification, harsh triggers, e.g., electric fields or chemicals, are required. The goal of the postdoc position is to develop new strategies of surfactant removal based on triggered decomposition of amphiphiles into surface-inactive products. The position is part of the ERC project „3DPartForm“ funded by an excellence-in-science initiative of the EU that focuses on the question how integrated, multifunctional and responsive polymer materials (→ „4D materials“) can be developed with tailor-made configuration for applications in cell biology, information processing, and sensing.


  • Synthesis of monomers / macromers for surfactant design (e.g., ABA, AB copolymers)
  • Implementation of multi-functionality / -responsiveness towards triggered degradability (e.g., via light, mechanical forces, sound)
  • Characterization of surfactant properties and decomposition products via NMR, IR, light scattering
  • Development of first independent research profile
  • Publication in peer-reviewed journals

Requirements profile:

  • Master's degree and PhD in chemistry, soft matter, polymer sciences, macromolecular chemistry
  • Experience in microfluidics and amphiphile design as well as organic synthesis under inert conditions (Schlenk technique) is a plus

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Julian Thiele at: julian.thiele(at)

You will benefit from our structures and offerings in the fields of sustainability, diversity, family support and staff development. Our location in the center of a thriving, lively and family-friendly state capital guarantees a high quality of life and a wide range of leisure activities. For more information, please visit or [website of the department/chair].

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg is a signatory of the German Diversity Charter. We welcome your application, regardless of gender, cultural and social background, age or sexual orientation. Applications from severely disabled people or people with an equivalent impairment will be given priority in the case of equal suitability, ability and professional expertise. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg strongly promotes gender equality in all professional areas.

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Please send your complete application (motivation letter, curriculum vitae, graduation certificates, references, summary of research interests, CV, a detailed description of hands-on training in experimental and characterization tools and methods, contact information of two references as well as short statement, why you chose to apply for the position at hand) by Oktober 15, 2023 using the online application portal.

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