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Doctoral Researcher (f/m) - Kennziffer 2018_36

The Leibniz Institute of Photonics Technology (IPHT) offers the following position (100%) in the Working Group Ultrafast Spectroscopy of the Department Functional Interfaces from 1 May 2019
Doctoral Researcher (f/m) in the field of Optical Spectroscopy/ Photonics. Funding of the position is limited to 3 years.

The Leibniz-IPHT is a university independent research institute with close connection to the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and member of the Leibniz association.

“Photo-induced excited-state properties of molecular sensors and supramolecular logic gates in solution and membrane models”

We are pleased to advertise an Early-Stage Researcher (PhD) position, as part of the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) “Logic Lab”. The Logic Lab projects aims to develop a new concept for molecular logic sensors for application in intracellular diagnostics. Expertise in the field of classical molecular logic gates will be combined with state-of-the-art research approaches in synthetic, supramolecular and theoretical chemistry, spectroscopy as well as microfluidics and cell biology to establish new tools for biomedical research. www.logiclab-itn.eu

Candidates with a background in physics, chemistry, photonics or optical engineering are invited to apply for this PhD position.

The aim of the doctoral project is to elucidate the structure-function relationship of molecular sensors and their supramolecular assemblies using steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy. The candidate will study photo-induced excited-state processes, such as energy and electron transfer, emission quenching by specific interactions in the isolated chemosensors in solution and incorporated into supramolecular vesicles. To tailor the optical properties of the sensors by molecular design, the fellow will perform systematic studies of their excited-state properties in various model environments, e.g. as a function of ionic strength, presence of biomacromolecules and pH. Thereby, specific and non-specific intermolecular interactions will be detailed, which impact the optical response of the chemosensors aside from the presence of specific ions to be sensed.
Scientific training in partner institutions include photochemical studies of chemosensors in model membranes during a 2 month secondment at Dublin City University (Ireland), investigation of upconversion processes in vesicles during a 2 month secondment at University Leiden (The Netherlands) and quantum chemical studies during a 1 month secondment at the company SciClus (Germany).

The candidate must have a Master/Engineering degree in Physics, Chemistry or Optical Engineering, preferably with majors in Spectroscopy. The fellow should have good knowledge and interest in both experimental and theoretical work. Interest in the field of photochemistry, photophysics and time-resolved optical spectroscopy is required. Knowledge in the field of (bio)chemical sensing, quantum chemistry and a track record in scientific publications are great assets. Fluent communication skills in English, both spoken and written are required.

Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: (http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/). In particular, at the time of appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in Germany for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment.

Highly competitive and attractive salaries according to regulations of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are offered, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable. The successful candidate will be part of an excellent international research team and benefit from the scientific and complementary training programme of the EU-funded Innovative Training Network (ITN), Logic Lab.

As an equal opportunity employer Leibniz-IPHT is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply.

Applications should be sent to Prof. Benjamin Dietzek at benjamin.dietzek@leibniz-ipht.de. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Benjamin Dietzek at benjamin.dietzek@leibniz-ipht.de.

The application must be accompanied with the following documents in PDF format:
• letter of motivation,
• curriculum vitae of at most 3 pages,
• transcripts of records from University/University College and copy of your degree
• copy of master’s thesis or any other publications (if available),
• two written recommendation letters (e.g. one by your Master thesis supervisor) and the referees contact details

The deadline for application is 28th February 2019. The code number is 2018_36.

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