Research Assistant in Phys­ical and The­or­et­ical Chem­istry • Technische Universität Berlin • Berlin

Open Positions 1
Time Span 01 Mar 2021 for 3 years
Application Deadline 12 Feb 2021
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD – Individual Supervisor
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
Subjects Molecular Material Science
Description Technische Universität Berlin offers an open position: Research Assistant – 0.65 working time – salary grade 13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen

Faculty II – Institute of Chemistry / Stranski Laboratory for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Reference number: II-833/20 (starting at the earliest possible / until 31/12/24 / closing date for applications 12/02/21)

Working field:
Project work in the sub-project A02 “Rheology and mesoscopic structure-dynamics relations of hydrogels” of the DFG-funded CRC 1449 “Dynamic Hydrogels at Biointerfaces”. Within this project hydrogels of increasing structural complexity will become characterised with respect to mesoscopic structure and dynamics and these properties shall be related to their rheological properties on different length scales. The mesoscopic characterisation will be done comprehensively by means of methods like static and dynamic light scattering (SLS, DLS), small-angle neutron and Xray scattering (SANS, SAXS), fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FSC), neutron spin-echo (NSE) spectroscopy, etc. In addition to the systematic molecular variation of the hydrogels, also the effects of addition of salt and osmolytes, as well as of variation of the pH-value will be investigated. The obtained results will be compared to theoretical models, which will be done in close cooperation with partners from theoretical physics. PhD thesis preparation is possible.

Successfully completed university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) in physics, chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry or related subjects. Comprehensive expertise in the physico-chemical description of colloidal/polymeric systems as well as their characterisation methods, is required, including rheological methods. Good knowledge of the physical, theoretical description of polymeric systems, including their modelling, is desirable. Furthermore, knowledge in the area of the synthetic preparation of polymer networks will be advantageous for the realisation of the intended research work. A strong interest to deepen this knowledge by way of a doctoral thesis is expected. Good command of
German and/or English is required; willingness to learn either English or German is expected.

Please send your application with the reference number and the usual documents (combined in a single pdf file, max. 5 MB) by email to Prof. Dr. Gradzielski at

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To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are
explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. The TU Berlin values the diversity of its members
and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.

Working Language
  • English
  • German
Language of Dissertation
  • English
  • German
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
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