PhD student (f/m/d) on synthetic cell composites for immunotherapy

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Sep 2023

11 Sep 2023
Job Information

Leibniz Institute for New Materials
Research Field

Biological sciences
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

30 Sep 2023 - 23:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

To be defined
Job Status

Hours Per Week

To be defined
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

We are seeking PhD students with a background in biology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry or physics to join our “Immuno-Materials” group and work on the development of advanced synthetic cell systems for applications at the intersection of cancer immunotherapy and immunoregulatory materials.

INM’s research group Immuno-Materials investigates how microscale cell-like materials can be formed such that they combine multiple life-like functionalities and can be integrated into living systems. For this we apply organoid cultures, bottom-up synthetic biology and microfluidics to reconstitute immunoregulatory processes for therapeutic applications. In our new projects Synthetic Tumor Immune Microenvironments and Synthetic Lymphatic Tissues we invite applications for three


on development of new synthetic cell composites for immunotherapy positions, starting on November 1st, 2023 (with some flexibility).

Your tasks

  • Design and characterize synthetic cell models with immunological properties.
  • Investigate immunoregulatory interactions between synthetic cells, cancer cells and immune cells.
  • Develop new strategies to culture tumor organoids for immunotherapeutic purposes.
  • Investigate the activation of primary human immune cells by synthetic cell materials.

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, physics, or a related field.
  • Interest and possibly experience in biohybrids, synthetic biology or organoid culture.
  • Previous experience with cell culture, advanced light microscopy imaging, electron microscopy or transcriptome profiling is beneficial.
  • Very good communication and writing skills and thorough command of the English language. German language skills are beneficial but no required.

You will work

  • on scientifically interesting and technically relevant challenges in a motivated research group that collaborates with leading researchers and institutions,
  • in an institute that supports you to perform high-quality research and to present and publish your research results,
  • in an interdisciplinary and international institute with excellent infrastructure,
  • at the heart of the Greater Region (Germany, France, Luxemburg, Belgium)

Your benefits

A comprehensive benefits package (flexible working hours, mobile working, company pension scheme) with a 3-year contract based on TV-L E13 60% remuneration with the possibility to increase based on transparent performance criteria.

Interested? We are looking forward to receiving your application (motivation letter and CV, if possible one reference letter) by September 30th, 2023. Please send it via e-mail (single pdf file < 5 MB) to Dr. Oskar Staufer:

E-mail:   •  Reference: “PhD: Immuno Materials”

The INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany, is an internationally leading center for materials research, with a particular focus on biomaterials and biointerfaces, and their exploitation for medical applications.

The INM practices an open and appreciative corporate culture in which the existing diversity is promoted and lived. The institute is an equal opportunity employer with a certified family-friendly policy, and it provides offers for a better work-life balance, flextime, and mobile working. We promote professional opportunities for women and strongly encourage them to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualifications and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

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