Job Offer #2022-BMX-J11 closed since February 15, 2023

Postdoctoral Position (all genders) in Materials Science – Group Biomarker Detection in Brain (BDB)

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About BioMed X

BioMed X is an independent research institute located on the campus of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, with a world-wide network of partner locations. Together with our partners, we identify big biomedical research challenges and provide creative solutions by combining global crowdsourcing with local incubation of the world’s brightest early-career research talents. Each of the highly diverse research teams at BioMed X has access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure and is continuously guided by experienced mentors from academia and industry. At BioMed X, we combine the best of two worlds - academia and industry - and enable breakthrough innovation by making biomedical research more efficient, more agile, and more fun.

About Team BDB

The objective of the group, headed by Dr. Khulan Sergelen is to develop an in vivo continuous monitoring biosensor for direct detection of small molecule biomarkers in brain tissue of rodent models for elucidating pharmacodynamic (PD) effect and pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters of drugs against neuropsychiatric diseases. Our team will explore the multifaceted task of continuous monitoring biosensor development, including molecular design and assay development, biocompatible sensor architecture, and optical sensor integration for in vivo monitoring.

The Position

We are looking for a highly enthusiastic materials scientist to broaden our think-tank with their intellectual power and technical excellence. The ideal candidate would have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in materials science and a strong background in soft polymer science. The Postdoc/PhD will design, fabricate, and characterize a biocompatible materials for in vivo sensor application. The design of the sensor will consider the various molecular, optical and materials designs explored within the group to tackle the challenge of monitoring small molecules in complex biological matrices. The candidate should be passionate to work within an multidisciplinary team in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, optics/physics and nanotechnology.

Required skills

  • Experienced in material design, fabrication and physico-chemical characterisation
  • Experience in materials biocompatibility studies is a big plus
  • Experience with dynamic, actuating polymers
  • Experience in polymer chemical modifications
  • Ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary teams
  • Curiousity and willingness to learn new skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English

Additional preferred skills

  • Experience in molecular dynamic simulation
  • Experience in biosensing

What we offer

The post is offered for a limited term until 28 February 2026.

  • International, diverse, and positive work atmosphere, flexible working environment
  • A competitive salary
  • Access to training and lecture courses in house as well as in neighboring research institutions on the Life Science Campus in Heidelberg
  • Access to a vast network in science and industry.
  • Job ticket, sponsored fitness contract, complimentary fresh fruit, soft drinks, chocolate, and team recognitio events, etc.

The position is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Candidates are requested to submit

  • 1-page cover letter explaining the reasons of interest to join our team
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining scientific interests, research achievements, a record of publications, future personal goals and extra-scientific passions
  • 2 reference letters

The position is available as of 01 March 2023. Please submit your application to the attention of Dr. Khulan Sergelen before 15 February 2023 via our online Career Space. Applicants will be considered continuously.


BioMed X Institute

Im Neuenheimer Feld 515
69120 Heidelberg

Contact: Dr. Khulan Sergelen

Phone: +49 6221 42611710



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