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Dendritic polyelectrolytes - Research Assistant

   Institute for Biochemistry and Chemistry

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About the Project

The DFG-funded International Research Training Group GRK2662 "Charging into the future: understanding the interaction of polyelectrolytes with biosystems", aims for a better understanding of the molecular interactions between polyelectrolytes such as DNA, proteins or heparin with complex biological systems. Key to this is a close collaboration between researchers at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), McGill University, Montréal, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada), who share complementary expertise.

The International Research Training Group GRK2662 offers

  • positions with a duration of three years and the opportunity for writing a doctoral thesis,
  • a structured scientific training in an international research environment, including participation in a wide range of research-specific and career-development training events,
  • integration into an interdisciplinary international research network,
  • the opportunity for research stays in the laboratories of the Canadian partner institutions.

Job description:

In project C1, interactions of polyelectrolytes with blood and the endothelial glycocalyx will be investigated. Within the project of Prof. Dr. Marie Weinhart, a cell based, dynamically cultured in vitro model of the endothelial glycocalyx will be established and allowed the systematic investigation of electrostatic interactions with synthetic polymer and blood cells. Tasks include the synthesis and analysis of cationic model polymers (NMR, DLS, zeta potential) and interaction studies in flow chamber experiments (TIRF, LCSM, Immunofluoressence; ELISA). For further project information, please visit

The position serves the own scientific Qualification.


Completed scientific University degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics or related subjects.


  • High motivation to conduct independent scientific work
  • Very good English skills both written and spoken
  • Good communication skills and appreciation for cooperative team work
  • Strong theoretical and practical background and hands-on experience on cell-culture and analysis techniques
  • Background in (bio)polymer chemistry, synthesis/modification and analysis
  • Background in natural and synthetic biomaterials
  • Background in cell biology and protein biochemistry
  • Basic engineering skills (e. g. CAD design, CFD simulations) are advantageous

We look forward to receiving your application, which should include the following documents:

  •  A one-page motivation letter with details of previous research experience and future goals
  • Your curriculum vitae (with list of publications, if applicable),
  • Evidence of your academic achievements including copies of your Bachelor's and Master's or Diploma degrees,
  • At least two letters of support.

For further information, please contact Mrs. Anna Wolf ([Email Address Removed] / +493083868438).

Applications should be sent by e-mail, together with significant documents, indicating the reference code, in pdf format (preferably as one document) no later than February 14th, 2022 to Mrs. Anna Wolf [Email Address Removed].

On the given occasion and for the duration of the essential on-site operations by Freie Universität Berlin, we kindly ask you to apply electronically by e-mail. The processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed.

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie

Institut für Chemie und Biochemie

DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2662

Mrs. Anna Wolf

Takustr. 3

14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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Freie Universität Berlin is an equal opportunity employer.

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