PhD Position: Light-Adaptive Bioinspired Nanocomposites • University of Freiburg • Freiburg – Deadline: 15.12.2018

PhD Position: Light-Adaptive Bioinspired Nanocomposites • University of Freiburg • Freiburg

Open Positions1
Time Spanas soon as possible for 3 years
Application Deadline15 Dec 2018
Type of PositionPhD – Individual Supervisor
Field of ResearchMathematics / Natural Sciences
SubjectsMacromolecular Chemistry
DescriptionLight-Adaptive Bioinspired Nanocomposites

In a joint German/Australian project funded through the Volkswagen foundation, this PhD thesis aims at implementing advanced light-adaptation mechanisms into self-assembling bioinspired nanocomposites based on molecularly defined control mechanisms. The project encompasses molecular and polymer synthesis, self-assembly into bioinspired nanocomposites and a rigorous analysis of the structural and mechanical properties with an emphasis on in-situ light-adaptation. The supramolecular motifs can range from direct molecular photoswitches via photothermal effects in hydrogen bonds to DNA folding motifs. A close collaboration with a partnering PhD student in Australia, as well as with the Australian team (Prof. Barner-Kowollik in Brisbane) will be an integral part of the project. We encourage exchange visits to Australia and to conferences. 

Join us! 
We provide you with an inspiring and collaborative team atmosphere, cutting-edge infrastructure, and close interaction between supervisor/student.

The Walther Lab is an internationally leading lab focusing on the development of static and dynamic self-assembly concepts using (bio)macromolecular and colloidal building blocks and their connection to bioinspired and life-inspired materials research. 

Your application should include (as a single PDF file) a short letter of motivation, your CV, a summary of your master thesis, a full transcript of your M.Sc. and B.Sc. study records, and contact details for two references.

The application period closes 20.7.2018 and the envisaged starting date is 15.12.2018.
The duration of the thesis is 3 years. Salary will be according to German TVL scale with full social benefits. 

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Walther ( 

References: Adv. Mater., 30, 1802477 (2018); Mater. Horizons 5, 560 (2018); Adv. Funct. Mater. 27, 1616 (2017); Nano Lett. 16, 5167 (2016) (Highlighted in Science; 353, 787, 2016). Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 8653 (2015); Nat. Commun. 6, 5967 (2015); ACS Nano, 9, 10637 (2015); ACS Appl. Mat. Int. 5, 3738 (2013).

RequirementsAs an ideal candidate you are creative, highly self-motivated, ambitious and communicative to excel in scientific challenges, and have performed above average in your studies in Chemistry. A previous knowledge in macromolecular chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, colloid science or bioinspired materials is highly appreciated.
Working LanguageEnglish
Language of DissertationEnglish
Required DocumentsCVReports, certificatesTranscriptsLetter of MotivationList of PublicationOthers : contact details for two references
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University of Freiburg • Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry 
Prof. Dr. Andreas Walther
Stefan Meier Str. 31
79104 Freiburg 

Mail: andreas.walther[at]

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