Mechano Doctoral Researcher (d/f/m)

Working group: RG Göstl

The DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen is a research institute that takes on the challenge of surpassing disciplinary limits and tackling new questions relating to substances and materials that combine technology and 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

Doctoral Researcher (d/f/m)

Your tasks:

In this project, you will design and synthesize molecular probes that will undergo bond scission as soon as they are exposed to mechanical stress and then change their optical properties. You will integrate these mechano-optical force probes into complex polymer materials to study the effects of mechanical force at the molecular level – in solution and in solid polymer matrix. With this project, we aim to achieve two basic goals: i) The systematic construction of a library of highly efficient and orthogonal molecular mechano-optic probes, and ii) the advancement of optical force measurements to complex, biomimetic polymer architectures. In addition, your tasks include participation in the teaching and training company of RWTH Aachen University.

Your profile:

  • University degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in chemistry with excellent qualifications
  • Above-average skills in preparative organic synthetic chemistry and / or synthetic chemistry of polymers
  • A background in materials science is desirable
  • Interested in working on a multidisciplinary project
  • Safe command of German and English
  • Communication and team skills

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
  • The support of an experienced team

The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date. Employment, remuneration and benefits are based on the collective agreement for public service of the federal states (TV-L).

DWI supports you to gain further qualifications. We offer our employees a broad spectrum of career opportunities in an attractive working climate.

DWI supports equal opportunities of women and men.

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

For more information please contact
Junior Research Group Leader

Dr. Robert Göstl

+49 241 80-23345
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If we have aroused your interest and you are open to new professional challenges, we would be delighted to receive a meaningful application from you. Please send your application documents by e-mail to Dr. Robert Göstl (