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Senior Scientist (PostDoc) (m/f) in the field of metallic biomaterials imaging and multimodal data handling


Senior Scientist (PostDoc) (m/f) in the field of metallic biomaterials imaging and multimodal data handling

Code No. 2018/WB 6

The place of employment is Kiel, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht outstation at Molecular Imaging North Competence Center (MOIN CC).

We invite applications for a Senior Scientist (PostDoc) (m/f). The position is full time, fixed term 4.5 years.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) is developing biodegradable Mg-based implant materials for various applications. The focus is on musculoskeletal indications; ardiovascular and other tissue applications are approached as well. The research centre covers the full value chain from material development, characterisation, processing (cast and powder metallurgical routes) and prototype production towards degradation under physiological conditions and in vitro cell culture assessment. This will be complemented by in vivo studies performed in the frame of the newly installed HZG outstation in Kiel and the multimodal imaging capacities of the Molecular Imaging North Competence Center MOIN CC (http://www.moincc.de).

The position requires a university degree in the field of natural science or medicine and a PhD in an appropriate discipline.

For this HZG outstation we are seeking an expert whose profile includes:

  • A profound understanding of how biomaterials are interacting with tissue and in turn how the body is reacting towards a biomaterial. A central part of the work will be the elucidation of the influence of Mg degradation on tissue in vivo (inflammation, foreign body reaction, bone remodelling). This will be combined with ex situ tomography and diffraction experiments performed in cooperation with colleagues at the PETRAIII synchrotron, Hamburg.
  • Experience with Mg as biomaterial. Since this is a new class of material, which can e.g. by ion release (Mg and alloying elements) interfere with metabolic pathways, a plethora of local and systemic reactions can be expected. The ultimate goal is the understanding of how the pathophysiology of patients is related to the success of Mg as implant material.
  • Experience with at least one of the following techniques: MRI/MRS, (μ)CT, histology or immunohistochemistry.
  • Experience in writing grant applications and managing international scientific projects and networks.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Communication skills in German would be beneficial.
  • Willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team in Germany.
  • Experience in the analysis of multimodal data sets or translatory aspects is desirable for to bring Mg materials into the clinic.

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with over 900 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure including modern work spaces
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH
  • including further social benefits

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is an equal opportunity employer and particularly strives to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2018/WB 6 including your CV, description of your scientific expertise, publication list, copies of credentials including grades, (link to the) pdf of your PhD thesis, documentation of your English skills (TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent) and two letters of recommendation, preferably by e-mail in one file not larger than 10 MB to katharina.philipp@hzg.de. Closing date for applications is November, 1st, 2018.