Postdoctoral Scientist (gn)

Institute for Physiological Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry

The Institute for Physiological Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, University Hospital of Münster, Germany offers a position, limited to 2 years, of a

Postdoctoral Scientist (gn*)
Ref.: 05246

Salary according to TV-L E13

(*gn=gender neutral)

Prof. Seraphine Wegner is currently looking for a motivated postdoctoral candidate with strong interest in interdisciplinary research in the area of synthetic biology at the interphase of chemistry and molecular biology. The project in particular involves the development of “Light controlled cell-cell contacts” as part of the ERC Starting Grant ARTIST ( Specifically, we aim to control cell-cell interactions photochemically using proteins that respond to visible light as a reversible photoswitches. Cell-cell contacts are highly regulated during many biological processes including embryo development, wound healing and cancer development. Therefore, manipulating cell-cell interactions with the photoswitchable proteins will allow for control over cell contacts during such processes, making it possible to study intercellular processes such as collective cell migration and differentiation, and intracellular processes such as local cell-cell contact dynamics. Controlling cell-cell interactions with visible light is also attractive because light provides high spatial and temporal control, it is non-invasive and bio-orthogonal and also an important environmental signal. Such a platform will afford valuable insight into interactions between cells as well as synthetic surfaces and is applicable to the development of new bio-instructive materials. For more detail please see:

Field of duties:

  • Investigation of multicellular architectures
  • Developing optogenetic tools
  • Cell based assays (ELISA, Western blot, cell culture, fluorescence microscopy, image analysis)
  • Investigation of light controlled biomimetic systems


  • PhD in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Molecular biology or related fields with outstanding publication record
  • High motivation, self-initiative and team-minded
  • Good English skills
  • Expertise in above mentioned tasks and teaching is advantageous

Please send your application (including the above reference number) with all relevant information (CV, cover letter, contact data of two reference persons) until 28.10.2020 electronically as a single pdf-file to bewerbung(at)­ukmuenster(dot)­de.

Applications of women are specifically invited. In the case of similar qualifications, competence, and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

The University Hospital of Münster is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. Such a position cannot be achieved by size and medical successes alone. The individual commitment counts above all. We need your commitment so that even with little things we can achieve great things for our patients. There are many possibilities open for you so that you may develop with them.



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