Student Assistant (“HiWi”) (d/f/m)

Working group: AG Boersma

Student Assistant (“HiWi”)

The DWI – Leibniz-Institute for Interactive Materials is a federal and state funded research institute of the Leibniz Association based on the Melaten campus of RWTH Aachen University. International young and experienced scientists from various disciplines develop interactive materials based on the principles of 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 the application for a

Student Assistant (“HiWi”) (d/f/m)

Epithelia structure and functions are not defined by biochemical processes alone but are also highly dependent on their physical characteristics. These are not predictable looking at single cell mechanics, but are emerging proprieties of cell collectives. Some of these properties are well described comparing epithelia sheets to active matter in a state of dynamic equilibrium, whose protagonist is the cellular heterogeneity.

Your tasks:

The successful candidate will be part of a project in collaboration with Dr. Arnold Boersma’s group aiming to characterize this cell-to-cell heterogeneity at the molecular level including ATP consumption, cytoplasmic crowding and pH variation.

Your tasks will be:

  • Optimization of transfection of epithelial cells with customized plasmid
  • Live imaging of epithelial monolayers using confocal microscopy
  • Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) microscopy
  • Traction-force microscopy
  • Analyses of experimental data using scripts in MATLAB and Fiji


Your profile:

  • You are studying biology, medicine or a related discipline
  • You are interested in basic research or in the field of mechanobiology
  • You have experience with cultivation of mammalian cells
  • You are a reliable and careful worker with the ability of integrating well in a team
  • Initial experience with confocal microscopy, ImageJ and MATLAB software is desirable, but not mandatory


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
  • Flexible and family-friendly working conditions


The position is available immediately and will be 19 hours per week initially limited till end of 2020.


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:

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
Leitung unabhängige Forschungsgruppe

Dr. Arnold Boersma

+49 241 80-23335
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How to apply:

If you are interested please send a short motivational letter, CV and transcripts in one pdf-file via email at dirusso(at)

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