PhD positions

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg

Structural and Cell Biology

(Code number 13/2018))

Type of Job

Young Researchers

2 PhD positions in Hydrogel Design and Characterization

Job offer from October 18, 2018

At the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, one of the 83 institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, physicists, chemists and biologists create knowledge of long-term relevance to life and basic medical sciences.

The group of PD Dr. Heike Boehm in the Department of Cellular Biophysics (Prof. Dr. Joachim P. Spatz) invites applications for a Ph.D. position in hydrogel design and characterization.

Existing stents for glaucoma patients offer only short-term adjustment of inner eye pressure. The synthesis of a new hydrogel with the power to hold a required pressure by allowing water throughput at certain conditions could result in long-term regulation of the pressure inside the eye. In the scope of application oriented basic research, a novel implant for glaucoma patients in order to regulate the pressure inside the eye should be developed in collaboration with Pharmpur.

Based on our previous experience with hyaluronan (HA) hydrogels (ChemistrySelect, 2017, 25:7701), the successful candidate will develop PEG-HA hybrid-hydrogels in a microfluidic approach and evolve them for the use as pressure regulating stent for glaucoma surgery.

Candidates should be highly motivated and prepared to work within a truly multidisciplinary team. They should have (or expect to complete soon) a Masters degree in Chemistry or Biology or a comparable qualification. A willingness to master challenges in material design, experimental setup and data analysis and, crucially, in-depth study of a problem by critical thinking and dedicated planning are all central to success.

The payment is based on the TVöD guidelines (“Promotionsfördervertrag”). The PhD position is limited to three years with a possibility of extension. Candidates have the opportunity to participate in one of several Ph.D. programs in Heidelberg.



The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with dis-abilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

For further information, please contact Dr. Heike Boehm (

For general questions, please contact Ms. Esther Seiberth (0049 6221 486 – 310) or Mrs. Dominique Finkler (0049 6221 486 – 452) from human resources.

Please submit your application, including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), your CV and complete transcripts via e-mail as a single PDF file with the above reference preferably until December 31st, 2018 (excellent applications will be considered year-round).

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research

C/O Human Resources

POB 10 38 20

69028 Heidelberg, Germany



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