PhD Position in Development of New Polymer Matrices for Bio-Phosphors Applied to Energy-Related Devices

Technical University of Munich Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials


PhD Position for the Development of New Polymer Matrices for Bio-Phosphors Applied to Energy-Related Devices

21.12.2020, Wissenschaftliches Personal

Are you passionate about innovation?; Do you love to develop applied science with environmental impact?; Do you use multidisciplinary thinking to solve professional questions?; Are you able to appreciate the beauty of nature’s answers to its many challenges?; Would you like to innovate in an international and highly collaborative environment? Then the Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials (BFM) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is the perfect place for your future. BFM offers state-of-the-art infrastructure comprising three inter-disciplinary and inter-connected laboratories focused on the synthesis and engineering of biogenic and sustainable photo- electro-active materials, mechanical/spectroscopic/electrochemical characterizations, and the engineering of lighting and photovoltaic devices with researchers from around the world. We are located at the young TUM Campus Straubing, aiming to become the European leader in developing sustainable technologies and their economic implementation. Learn from Biology, think like a Chemist, and handle like an Engineer…are you ready?


Fluorescent protein-polymer based bio-phosphors applied as color converters are considered front-runners in sustainable lighting and photovoltaics. We are looking for an individual with initiative and motivation to start her/his career in a new and dynamic chair at TUM. The research activities will be focused on synthesis of new polymers to stabilize fluorescent protein out of water media and their final application into bio-hybrid LEDs and photovoltaics. This will be complemented by spectroscopic, mechanical, and microscopic characterization of the bio-phosphors to elucidate the stabilization and degradation mechanism of fluorescent proteins into the polymer matrices. As well, it is expected that the candidate will be involved into the fabrication and analysis of the final devices based on bio-phosphors. The workflow spans from organic synthesis, over photophysical and structural characterization of hybrid protein-polymer filters to bio-hybrid devices. Hence, the position is an exciting interface between organic chemistry and biotechnology.


The successful applicant must have the following:

• High motivation and commitment to scientific excellence

• Master Degree/(10 semester diploma) in biochemistry/biotechnology/chemistry/material science or related disciplines

• Experience in synthesis and air sensitive chemistry is required

• Experience in handling and spectroscopic/mechanical/thermal characterizations of polymer composites will be positively judged

• Previous working experience in biopolymers, polymer and additives for protein or enzyme stabilization will be welcome

• Team player skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment

• Excellent command of the English language (fully fluent in writing and speech). No knowledge of German is totally fine (free lessons will be provided)


We offer a deep immersion in bio-based energy technologies; the candidate will learn and live the translational perspective of designing biomaterials for sustainable energy-related applications every day.

TUM offers a wide variety of inspiring and challenging Ph.D. programs, which will supplement the research training with outstanding opportunities for career development, continued education, and life-long learning.

Situated on the Bavarian forest gate, Straubing, the old ducal town on the Danube, is the intellectual hub for renewable raw materials and technologies for sustainability in Germany. Straubing, although small in the number of inhabitants, offers everything you need for a successful Ph.D., including a diverse selection of taverns, cafés, and beer gardens. TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability offers scientific and academic excellence in a student-friendly and fresh environment.

The successful applicant will hold a 3-year contract with the possibility to expand it up to 1 year. We offer a competitive salary and benefits depending on work experience and seniority in accordance with the public service wage agreement of the Free State of Bavaria - TV-L E13 (50-65%). As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages applications from women and all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.


We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application including your letter of motivation (1 page), CV (including complete contact information for two references) and academic transcripts of records in English in a single PDF file, via email to . Please indicate only “PhD PE 05” in the subject line.

The position will be open until the candidate is selected. Publication date: 21.12.2020

For further information, please contact:

Dr. J. Fernandez-Cestau

Untergruppenleiter Synthesis and Photoactive Materials

In the Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials, Prof. Dr. Rubén D. Costa

TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability



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