Postdoctoral Researcher (d/f/m) “Constructing Artificial Cells with Microfluidics.”

Working group: AG Boersma

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 where people with different talents, experiences and skills work together, to learn from each other, and generate new knowledge and new methods to create a better quality of life in our world.

DWI invites applications for a position as

Postdoctoral Researcher (d/f/m)

“Constructing Artificial Cells with Microfluidics.”

Your tasks:

The cell is exceptionally crowded with molecules. This high concentration provides a highly nonideal environment that makes it nearly impossible to predict protein behavior, biochemical organization, or physical parameters. You will shed light on this problem by recreating biochemical organization in artificial cells by microfluidics.

The successful candidate will perform the following tasks:

  • Develop a microfluidics platform to fabricate artificial cells.
  • Incorporate various molecules at high concentration to approach cell-like conditions.
  • Probe and manipulate the interior to address fundamental questions on the biomacromolecular organization in living cells.

Depending on the interest of the candidate, there is opportunity to gain experience in molecular biology, cell biology, and protein engineering. In the long term, we foresee that this novel platform opens up novel applications in the clinical arena.

Your profile:

  • You hold a Ph.D. in biophysics, physical chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field.
  • Your previous Ph.D. or postdoc research had a significant microfluidics component.
  • You have affinity with biomolecules and biomolecular systems.
  • You are creative, proactive, and able to work in a multidisciplinary research team.
  • You have a good knowledge of the English language (spoken and written)

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; an overview on the measures can be found here:

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

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
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Dr. Arnold Boersma

+49 241 80-23335
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If we have piqued your interest and you are open to new professional challenges, we would be delighted to receive an application from you.

Please send all the relevant documents (Motivation letter, CV, Transcripts) as a single PDF file by 8 March 2020 via email to Dr. Arnold Boersma at boersma(at)