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Postdoc position (all genders) on Microsystems for Cryomicroscopy

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TU Darmstadt is one of the nine leading German Universities of Technology (TU9). With the nearby Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, TU Darmstadt forms the RIHNE-MAIN-UNIVERSITY (RMU) Alliance, a research hub of 1,400 faculty and 100,000 students.

The Integrated Micro-Nano-Systems Laboratory is part of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, the Centre for Synthetic Biology, and the Graduate School Life Science Engineering at TU Darmstadt. We develop fluidic, electromechanical, and optical micro and nanosystems for applications in medicine and biology. Our group is looking to fill a new

Postdoc position (all genders) on Microsystems for Cryomicroscopy

The focus of this position is on microfluidic cryofixation. Cryofixation is the gold standard for preserving the structure of proteins and cells so that they can be imaged under vacuum by electron cryomicroscopy. The position is part of the ERC project MICROCRYO and will be offered initially for up to 2 years.

You will:

  • Design and build microfluidic devices and associated micro-mechatronic instruments for cryofixation.
  • Conduct microfluidic experiments and fluorescence microscopy at cryogenic temperature.
  • Develop sample preparation methods for electron microscopy (cryo and room temperature).
  • Investigate the ultrastructural dynamics of cells exposed to transient forces and thermal loads.

This position is for you if

  • You have a PhD in experimental physics or engineering.
  • You enjoy hands-on hardware development (microfabrication, precision mechanics, and microscopy optics) for biomedical research at the cell level.
  • You already have some wet-lab experience.
  • You can write publications and grant applications in English independently.

We provide a friendly, international, and interdisciplinary team environment. As a member of our group, you benefit from numerous cross-departmental programs and support for developing an independent scientific career.

TU Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications, applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). The fulfilment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate. Part-time employment is generally possible.

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Application materials: (1) CV, (2) list of publications, (3) the names/contact of at least two references.

Please apply via e-mail to:

Professor Thomas Burg (thomas.burg@tu-darmstadt.de), code number 29.

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Postdoc position (all genders) on Microsystems for Cryomicroscopy
Karolinenplatz 5 Darmstadt, Germany
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