Within the framework of the ERC Starting Grant "3D-FNP Writing", the Department of Chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt is seeking to fill a position for a

Research Assistant (Postdoc)

– as soon as possible. The employment relationship is limited to a period of two years.

We are a dynamic, innovative team in search of new nanoporous materials, manufacturing methods and transport processes that deliver benefits in the areas of water, sensor technology and energy conversion. More information about our research is available here on our website: https://www.chemie.tu-darmstadt.de/brunsen/ak_brunsen/research_group_brunsen/index.en.jsp

Within the framework of the ERC Starting Grant "3D-FNPWriting", we intend to develop nanoporous materials and interfaces that feature new transport functions for future water management concepts. To achieve this, we are establishing a technology platform based on 3D printing processes and high-resolution microscopy (TIRF) for the production and functionalisation of nanoporous materials.

In this context we are looking for an expert in the field of high-resolution microscopy and especially in TIRF microscopy. This postdoctoral position is limited to 2 years and serves to establish a new TIRF based technology platform for high resolution, automated functionalization of mesoporous thin films using photochemical reactions. The chemical components required for this are being developed and made available within the scope of a parallel doctorate.


  • Very good scientific university degree and a completed doctorate in chemistry or a related subject
  • Very good knowledge and experience in high resolution optical microscopy and TIRF microscopy, preferably within the context of a doctorate
  • Knowledge in the field of sol-gel chemistry and the use of dyes or photochemical reactions or polymerisations is advantageous, in conjunction with knowledge of fluid imbibition and ionic transport in mesoporous materials
  • Interest in the further development and exploitation of new areas of application for technologies such as TIRF microscopy

The ability to work in a team, outstanding skills in interdisciplinary work, a very high degree of independence, the ability develop your own ideas within the project, experience in guiding scientific work, a very high level of motivation, a very good knowledge of English and the willingness to present your own work in an international environment and submit research proposals are desired. We expect you to coordinate your own sub-project while including all other team members.

We offer to embed you into an inspiring, collaborative team that uses the latest technologies in a highly interdisciplinary work environment which offers a wide range of opportunities for professional development.

The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.

Your full application should include a curriculum vitae, possibly a short research concept (1 page), your letter of motivation and relevant qualification certificates. Please send these documents stating the reference number to the Dean of the Chemistry Department, Prof. Dr. Harald Kolmar, Alarich-Weiss-Str. 4, D-64287 Darmstadt, e-mail: dekanat@chemie.tu-darmstadt.de

Code No. 307

Published on

June 22, 2020

Application deadline

July 15, 2020