Post-doctoral Researcher - Molecularly Controlled Stimuli-Sensitive Hydrogels for Dynamically Adjustable Biohybrid Actuator

University of Bremen

We are looking for an ambitious post-doctoral researcher to develop materials for a VW funded project in the area of soft robotics at the earliest possible moment. The contract will be for a duration of 3 years with a possibility of an extension. 

The project aims for the generation of a macroscopic biohybrid, hydrogel-based actuator with actuation by cells. These will be grown on a molecularly defined, responsive material and stimulated to contract. Local, externally controllable variations in the hydrogel will control the level of contraction. The final goal is a prototype of such a novel actuator. 

This is a collaborative project with the group of Prof. Selhuber-Unkel at the Faculty of Engineering at Kiel University ( who will develop the biophysical aspects of the project. 

The person we are looking to hire in Bremen will be concerned with the synthesis and rheological analysis of the materials. 

The candidate must have a Ph. D. in chemistry or a related field in the physical sciences. They must have sound experience and knowledge in organic synthesis and ideally some experience with rheology and the characterisation of polymers in general and hydrogels in particular.

At present, the project is funded for three years; if the project is successful, further funding can be applied for. The successful candidate will be appointed subject to the approval of human resources.

It is desirable that the candidate will actively compete for third party funding during the time they hold the post to extend their research stay. 


  • Synthesis of new stimuli responsive hydrogels and their characterisation
  • Regular literature survey of the topic
  • Rheology
  • Supervising project students
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Active participation in regular retreats for the development of the project
  • Disseminating the results of the project in high profile international journals 


  • Completed undergraduate degree in one of the natural sciences and successfully completed Ph. D.
  • Sound knowledge of polymer chemistry and materials synthesis.
  • In-depth knowledge of analytical methods (IR, UV/Vis, NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry).
  • Ability to work in a team and independently, being well organised.
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English. 

The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its diversity policies and offers a family friendly working environment. We strive to increase the number of female researchers and particularly solicit applications from qualified female candidates. International applications are explicitly welcome. Persons with disabilities will, with appropriate qualifications and aptitudes, be employed preferentially. 

If you have any further questions, please contact: Prof. Dr. Anne Staubitz (

Please send your application, with the reference code A270/17 to University of Bremen, Fachbereich 2, Prof. Anne Staubitz,  Postfach 33 04 40, 283334 Bremen, Germany or by Email in one document named (A270_17_Name_GivenName.pdf) to until the 10.12.2017. Please also have two letters of reference sent to the same address.

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