Postdoctoral scientist: Biointerfaces and blood contacting systems

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen

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.

We are recruiting an

early career scientist (PhD)

to develop advanced hemostatic patches to prevent excess bleeding and hemorrhages in anticoagulated patients as part of an AiF project HemoRecap. The position involves surface and macromolecular chemistry, and advanced surface characterization (physicochemical and biological). 

Your tasks (Erforderlich)

The main objective of the project HemoRecap is to develop a hemostatic patch that can stop bleeding even if blood is anticoagulated by the most potent and advanced anticoagulants. The existing hemostatic patches are capable of stopping bleeding only if anticoagulation has been previously reversed, which is often not possible in the event of an accident. In this project the research will focus on developing nanoscale biocoatings formed by the segregation of polybetaines to the surface of polycaprolactone fibers during the electrospinning process. These polymers will then be functionalized with different antidotes to anticoagulants. You will synthesize the polymers via controlled polymerization, form the coating and study its physical properties by electron microscopy, surface plasmon resonance, contact angle, to name a few. You will work in the groups of Prof. César Rodriguez-Emmenegger (RG Rodriguez-Emmenegger | DWI (rwth-aachen.de)) and Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg (RG Schwaneberg | DWI (rwth-aachen.de)). Moreover, you will collaborate with the group of Prof. Grottke (Uniklinik Aachen) in the hemostasis experiments.

Your profile (Erforderlich)

We are looking for an applicant with a high level of commitment, excited to pursue interdisciplinary research while willing to collaborate with industry. The applicant should have a PhD in chemistry, ideally Macromolecular Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering or other natural sciences with synthetic chemistry background while being eager to learn new techniques. Practical experience with surface science is a plus but not mandatory. 

DWI offers

  • A company pension scheme within the framework of VBL
  • 30 days annual leave
  • Flexible and family-friendly working conditions
  • An open and team-oriented working atmosphere in an international environment
  • The support of a very dedicated team
  • State-of-the-art-equipment
  • Good traffic situation including parking garage
  • Restaurants and cafeterias in the immediate vicinity
  • Proximity to the city center 

The DWI supports you in gaining further qualifications. We offer our employees an appealing working atmosphere, see www.dwi.rwth-aachen.de/seite/institutskultur.

An overview of our measures for equal opportunities and for improving the compatibility of work and family can be found at www.dwi.rwth-aachen.de/seite/arbeiten-am-dwi.

The DWI - Leibniz Institute values diversity and therefore welcomes all applications - regardless of gender, disability, nationality or ethnic and social origin.

How to apply (Erforderlich)

The 2-year position has to be filled by end of May 2023.

If you are interested and you are open to new professional challenges, we would be delighted to receive an application from you. Please contact us at rodriguez(at)dwi.rwth-aachen.de and jakob(at)dwi.rwth-aachen.de

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