The research group of Dr. Tobias Beck is working on the construction of highly structured nanomaterials based on nanoparticles and protein containers. In this project, we will use a novel strategy for the synthesis of functional biohybrid materials, established within our group. Catalytically active nanoparticles will be encapsulated into protein containers and assembled to form three-dimensional catalytic materials. The nanoparticles are combined with organometallic catalysts inside the materials to enhance the reaction scope. Such materials will have application, for example in biomedicine. Along these lines, we have established a collaboration with the RWTH Aachen University hospital using nanostructured adsorber materials for toxin removal.
Within this interdisciplinary project, we offer a PhD position including training in several synthetic and analytical methods.
Nanoparticle synthesis and encapsulation into protein containers
Synthesis and encapsulation of organometallic complexes into protein containers
Preparative work in protein production
Assembly of biohybrid materials based on functionalized protein containers
Material characterization, e.g. with X-ray scattering and electron microscopy (TEM, SEM)
Application of the materials, e.g. in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen University hospital
Above-average university degree (Master or comparable) in chemistry, biochemistry, biology or materials science or equivalent
Great interest in innovative and interdisciplinary topics
High level of initiative, sense of responsibility and team spirit
High motivation to carry out a doctoral thesis
optional: previous experience in nanoparticle synthesis and/or organometallic chemistry
The position is for 3 years and is to be filled as soon as possible. This is a part-time position (50% of the standard weekly hours for full-time employees).
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree.
The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L.
RWTH Aachen University is certified as a "Family-Friendly University". We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.
Please send your application by September 30, 2018 to
Dr. T. Beck
RWTH Aachen University
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
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