Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen

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 (m/f/d)

from the field of Biotechnology

DWI offers you a wide range of possibilities to develop further both professionally and personally in an interdisciplinary setting.

In the interdisciplinary "InFuProts" project the research group from Prof. Schwaneberg develops anchor peptides and insecticidal proteins for applications in plant health in terms of a sustainable bioeconomy. In an international cooperation, the group's internal anchor peptide library is used to develop new biobased insecticides. Within the project, protein engineering (e.g. Directed Evolution) is used to tailor peptides and proteins for their application conditions. Our cooperation partner will validate the developed peptides and proteins in field trials.

Your Tasks:

  • Independent project work
  • Recombinant production and downstream processing of proteins and peptides
  • Engineering of functional peptides and proteins
  • Independent performance of adhesion (fluorescence microscopy) and functional studies
  • Close cooperation with international project partners

Your Profile:

  • You hold a Ph.D. in biotechnology or equivalent
  • Experience in molecular biology and recombinant protein production (including E. coli) is advantageous
  • Experience in protein engineering is desirable
  • Experience with insecticidal proteins or peptides is desirable
  • High level of accuracy and reliability, team spirit and hands-on mentality
  • Good communication skills in German and English
  • Good knowledge of MS Office applications

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 2-year position is available from January 2022 onwards. 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 https://www.dwi.rwth-aachen.de/seite/institutskultur. DWI supports equal opportunities; an overview on the measures can be found here https://www.dwi.rwth-aachen.de/en/page/equal-opportunity-and-diversity.

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.

How to apply:

Interested and open to new professional challenges, then 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 via email to Dr. Felix Jakob (jakob(at)dwi.rwth-aachen.de) with the subject: “Biotec-PostDoc”.