Internship/masterthesis (m/f/d) on Tissue engineering of next generation adhesive materials

INM´s research group „Dynamic Biomaterials” investigates among others how nature fabricates high-functional adhesive surfaces out of cornified materials such as the setae on the gecko´s sticky toe pads.  To do so, an ex vivo model has been developed culturing excised toe pad epidermis in vitro. This in vitro model allows the study on setal development from zero to the final cornification using state-of-the-art tissue engineering as well imaging techniques.

Your tasks

  • Tissue engineering and optimization of the ex vivo toe pad culture
  • Investigate setal growth in vitro with focus on the interaction of all cytoskeletal systems
  • Using state-of-the-art and development of next generation imaging techniques (super-resolution fluorescence and electron microscopy)
  • Investigation of the cellular interaction between the cells that form the setae within “the middle of the epidermis”.

Your profile

  • Interest in biology, veterinary medicine, biochemistry, biophysics, physics, material science, or related fields.
  • Interest in tissue engineering and cell culture
  • Interest in super-resolution fluorescence and electron microscopy
  • Very good communication and writing skills and thorough command of the English language. German language skills are beneficial but not required.

You will work

  • on an exciting and novel topic, launched between material science and biology
  • in an interdisciplinary and international research group and an institute with excellent infrastructure
  • in an institute that supports you in performing high-quality research and presenting and publishing your research results
  • at the heart of the Greater Region (Germany, France, Luxemburg, Belgium).

Interested? We are looking forward to receiving your application (CV, study records) (single pdf file < 5 MB) to jennifer.kasper@leibniz-inm.de.

The INM is an equal opportunity employer with a certified family-friendly policy and offers a better work-life balance, flexi-time, and mobile working. We promote professional opportunities for women and strongly encourage them to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualifications and aptitudes will be given preferential consideration.