PhD student (f/m/d) Life Sciences or Chemistry

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The DWI – Leibniz-Institute for Interactive Materials is a federal and state funded research institute of the Leibniz Association based on the Melaten Campus of RWTH Aachen University. International young and experienced scientists from various disciplines develop interactive materials based on the principles of nature. It is a location at which people with different talents, experiences and skills work together, in order to learn from one another and generate new knowledge and new methods to create a better quality of life in our world.

DWI invites applications for a position as

PhD student (f/m/d) in the field of Life Sciences or Chemistry

DWI offers you a wide range of possibilities to develop further both professionally and personally in an interdisciplinary setting.

Starting from autumn 2023, a PhD student position is available in a collaborative project on "Action of Probiotic Lactic Acid Bacteria on Skin Pathogens in an Ex-vivo Skin Model“ in the research group of Andreas Herrmann, Professor of Macromolecular Materials and Systems.

In this project, the antimicrobial effect of the products of so-called probiotic bacteria on native human ex vivo skin and on an ex vivo skin infection model will be investigated with the aim of using the probiotic bacteria for the treatment of bacteria-associated skin diseases without using antibiotics. The probiotic bacteria will be further developed and optimized with regard to bacteriocin production using modern molecular biology techniques and synthetic biology methods, and the mutants will be tested in the skin model.

Your profile:

  • Completed studies (M.Sc. or comparable) in life sciences
  • Highly motivated and team oriented
  • Passion for multidisciplinary research and being eager to learn new techniques
  • Strong research background in molecular biology and microbiology
  • Excellent skills in the English language

DWI offers:

  • Exciting and challenging tasks as well as development opportunities in a modern scientific organization
  • An open and team-oriented working atmosphere in an international environment
  • Support by an experienced team
  • Flexible and family-friendly working conditions

There is a possibility to fulfill the position in part-time, unless there are compelling professional reasons to do otherwise.

DWI supports the applicant to gain further qualifications. We offer our employees a broad spectrum of career opportunities in an attractive working professional environment ( ) . DWI supports equal opportunities; an overview on the measures can be found here: .

We at the DWI - Leibniz Institute value diversity and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of gender, disability, nationality or ethnic and social background.

How to apply:

The 2-year position has to be filled by 1st October 2023.

If you are interested and you are open to new professional challenges, we would be delighted to receive an application from you. Please contact us at and herrmann(at) .

Please upload your complete application documents (curriculum vitae, copies of final and work references, letter of motivation) under "Apply now ".

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