Ph.D. Student in the field of Chemistry, preferably in the field of organic chemistry

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 19 Jul 2019

To strengthen our team in the division “Chemical and Optical Sensing” in Berlin-Adlershof, starting as soon as possible, we are looking for a

Ph.D. Student (m/f)

in the field of Chemistry

Salary group 13 TVöD

Temporary contract for 36 months full-time / suitable as part-time employment

The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) is a materials research organization in Germany. Our mission is to ensure safety in technology and chemistry. We perform research and testing in materials science, materials engineering and chemistry to improve the safety of products and processes.

At BAM we do research that matters. Our work covers a broad array of topics in the focus areas of energy, infrastructure, environment, materials, and analytical sciences. We offer an excellent work environment, located in Berlin, with state-of-the-art research infrastructure and special laboratories.

We are looking for talented people to join us.

Your responsibilities include:

Development of fluorescent probe monomers for glycan-binding polymers

Design, synthesis and characterization of the fluorescent probe monomers

Investigation of the binding behaviour and supramolecular chemistry of the monomers

Integration of the monomers into nano- and microparticle-based molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for the recognition of cancer cells by fluorescence imaging in tumour diagnostics

Testing of the MIPs in established assays on various model as well as real samples 

Publication, presentation and documentation of the results in reports, scientific publications and at national and international conferences

Your qualifications:

University degree (Master / Diploma) in chemistry, preferably in the field of organic chemistry 

Comprehensive knowledge and significant experience in organic synthesis 

Knowledge in polymer chemistry and optical spectroscopy 

Interest in nano- and microparticles as a versatile vehicle in modern analytical chemistry 

Good ability in scientific writing and in presenting in front of an audience

Excellent command of the English language in writing and presentation is a prerequisite

High degree of motivation and commitment, capacity for co-operation and team spirit as well as mobility and creativity for working on a multi-partner project in an interdisciplinary scientific environment

We offer:

Interdisciplinary research at the interface between politics, economics and society

Work in national and international networks with universities, research institutes and industrial companies 

Outstanding facilities and infrastructure

Equal opportunities

The project:

The Ph.D. position is located within the European Training Network (ETN) “GlycoImaging” funded by the EU within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN) programme, on which you can find further information at A comprehensive overview of the topics of the Division can be found at

Your Application:

We welcome applications per email. Please send your application to the following address: by July 19, 2019, quoting the reference number 119/19-1.9. Please attach detailed application documents including a letter of motivation, tabulated and signed CV of your educational and professional career as well as all relevant certificates of your degrees to the email as a summarised file in PDF format (max. 20 MB). Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, to:

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

Referat Z.3 – Personal

Unter den Eichen 87

12205 Berlin


Please note that all application documents will only be stored and processed for the selection procedure. Upon conclusion of the selection procedure, the documents will be deleted in compliance with regulations on data privacy.

Dr Knut Rurack will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-1190 and/or by email to

According to the guidelines of the H2020-MSCA-ITN Program ( we can only consider applications of students who are in the first four years of their research career, since, for example, completion of their Master’s degree and who have resided or carried out their main activities for less than 12 months in Germany within the last three years.

BAM pursues equal opportunities. For this reason, we particularly welcome female applicants. Recognised disabled applicants with identical suitability will be selected preferentially.

BAM actively supports the compatibility of work and family and has been certified as a family- and life-phase-conscious employer by the “audit berufundfamilie” since 2015.  

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