Postdoctoral Position (m/f/div)


At the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, one of the 86 institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, physicists, chemists, and biologists create knowledge of long-term relevance to life and basic medical sciences. In addition, the institute is part of the Heidelberg Mannheim Health & Life Science Alliance – an association of the leading life science research institutions in the region. 

Postdoctoral Position (m/f/div) in Chemical Synthesis of Small-Molecule Fluorescent Probes for Optical Nanoscopy 
code number (14/2021)

The Department of Optical Nanoscopy (Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell) at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, invites applications for a postdoctoral position dedicated to the development of fluorescent probes for far-field optical imaging beyond the diffraction resolution limit of light. This breakthrough accomplishment earned Stefan W. Hell a Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2014). 

The project aims at developing appropriate synthetic methodologies and the preparation of novel fluorophores and small-molecule fluorescent probes suitable for imaging in living cells and tissues using the latest nanoscopy approaches such as STED and MINFLUX. The evaluation of the probes will be performed in close collaboration with the physicists and biologists from the Department of Optical Nanoscopy at the MPI for Medical Research. 

Candidates should have an excellent track record, high motivation, broad scientific interests and will join a multidisciplinary and international team. They should hold a doctoral degree with focus in synthetic organic chemistry and enjoy working in the lab. Practical experience with metal complex catalysis, enzyme kinetics, photochemistry, electrochemistry, or computational chemistry is desirable. The working language of the project will be English. 

We offer excellent laboratory facilities tailored to the needs of the project. Payment is based on the TVöD guidelines. The position is limited to two years with a possibility of extension.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. 
The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. 
A daycare center for children is located near the institute. 

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell ( 
For general questions, please contact Ms. Sabrina Giacalone ( from human resources. 

Your application:
Please submit your application, including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), your CV, and complete transcripts via e-mail as a single PDF file with the above reference 14/2021 preferably until November 30th, 2021 (excellent applications will be considered year-round) to

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research 
C/O Human Resources 
POB 10 38 20 
69028 Heidelberg, Germany 


Max Planck Institute for Medical Research

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Deadline: 2021-11-30
Location: Germany, Heidelberg
Categories: Chemistry, Computational Chemistry , Electrochemistry, Enzyme Kinetics, Metal Complex Catalysis, Photochemistry, Postdoc, Researcher,


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