Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces PostDoc Position in Structural Glycobiology: Chemical Biology of Mammalian Lectin Receptors, Germany

Publish Date: Dec 11, 2015

Deadline: Jan 31, 2016

PostDoc Position in Structural Glycobiology: Chemical Biology of Mammalian Lectin Receptors

The “Structural Glycobiology” group at the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam is looking for a motivated and ambitious candidate for a postdoc position in Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Chemical Biology.


Many mammalian carbohydrate-binding proteins (lectins) are expressed on defined sets of cells and are involved in various aspects of cell biology and physiology. Hence, these proteins resemble interesting targets for the development of specific molecular probes to study their function. Ligands for these lectins are developed in the Rademacher lab using rational design and screening methods. The candidate will advance these molecules using synthetic organic chemistry and apply these probe molecules in biochemical and cell-based experiments. These in vitro studies will answer important questions in the fields of glycobiology and immunology.

What is expected?

- The candidate is expected to be a motivated team player who fits into a multinational and multidisciplinary research environment.
- Confidence in spoken and written English is a requirement.
- A background in synthetic organic chemistry with a focus on chemical biology applications is a prerequisite.
- The candidate should be interested in medicinal chemistry and structural biology and willing to learn about glycobiology and immunology applications.
- Basic knowledge on nuclear magnetic resonance is helpful and the position will allow the candidate to expand his/her expertise into protein-ligand interactions applying this technique.

We offer

The “Structural Glycobiology” group is an independent research group, funded by the Emmy Noether Programme of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The group is embedded in the Department of Biomolecular Systems led by Prof. Dr. Peter H. Seeberger. The department is a well-equipped research facility providing stimulating grounds for scientific progress in an international, multidisciplinary research environment. A comprehensive repertoire of instruments (NMR, SPR, FACS, FLPC, confocal microscopy, etc.) stands alongside with high-profile collaborators in a fruitful research spectrum covering synthetic organic chemistry, biochemistry, glycobiology, nanotechnology, immunology and biophysics.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer: Handicapped individuals are strongly encouraged to apply, and so are women in areas in which they are underrepresented.


Please submit your electronic application to Dr. Christoph Rademacher ( comprising a curriculum vitae (including scientific publications, posters and talks), your high school, BSc and MSc certificates/transcripts. Also provide at least one scientific reference plus a short summary of the PhD and MSc thesis work and a motivation letter. Application not fulfilling these requirements will not be considered. Please send your application until 31.01.2016. The position is available from beginning 2016.

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