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The μOrgano Lab at the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tübingen is looking for a Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate (m/f/d) biomedical engineering with a focus on immunocompetent Organ-on-Chip models.

The NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute in Reutlingen is a non-profit research institution and conducts application-oriented research at the interface of bio- and material sciences. It has a unique, interdisciplinary range of competencies for R&D and services for regional and international companies. The institute addresses both the health care industry and industrial sectors with materials technology and quality-oriented issues such as automotive and mechanical engineering.

The Organ-on-Chip group at the NMI and the University of Tübingen focusses on the development and application of microfluidic platforms that mimic the physiological microenvironment of cells and tissues. These Organ-on-Chip models can be used to answer a wide range of medical, biological, pharmacological and toxicological questions without having to use laboratory animals.

Your tasks

The development and application of Organ-on-Chip models especially for the recapitulation of aspects of the immune system requires an interdisciplinary training and mindset. The position will play a crucial role leading different projects funded by academic grants as well as industry partners and working with a team of other research associates PhD students as well as staff scientists.

The scope of work includes:

  • Establishing and applying tailored modular microfluidic platform
  • Isolation, culture, and characterization of immune cells
  • Planning, conducting and analyzing assays using OoC models
  • Evaluation of immune phenotypes in the platform
  • Presentation and publication of research results

Candidate profile

  • Completed PhD in natural sciences or engineering
  • Previous postdoctoral experience in academic or industry research is an advantage
  • Comprehensive practical experience in (primary, stem cell) cell culture, microfluidics and microscopy
  • In-depth bioengineering knowledge either with focus on microfabrication or on immunoengineering
  • Experience with Organ-on-chip is desirable
  • Willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research activities (life science and engineering)
  • Very good knowledge of English as well as a structured, independent way of working

Candidate profile

  • The opportunity to work within an exciting multidisciplinary project and delve into highly innovative research topics
  • Working within an exciting multidisciplinary project and a highly innovative research topics
  • Highly motivated, competent, and multidisciplinary team with scientific and technical staff members
  • Excellent technical equipment and laboratory infrastructure
  • An exciting, varied and innovative working environment and excellent technical equipment
  • Free employee parking in the multi-storey car park
  • Work-life balance through flexible working hours and mobile working
  • Attractive „bridge day“ arrangement as well as paid days off on 24 / 31 December
  • Staff events and excursions
  • Recruitment and remuneration are according to TVL (Tarifvertrag der Länder). The position is initially limited to 2 years.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Loskill by e-mail at peter.loskill(at)nmi.de.

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