The City University of Applied Sciences Bremen (HSB) with around 600 employees was the first university worldwide which offers academic studies in biomimetic (BSc, MSc). The Biomimetic-Innovation-Centre of HSB has around 20 employees and is engaged in the identification and investigation of physical phenomena in nature and transfer of the latter to technical applications. Current and previous research projects were funded by public institutions and by industry. Focal points are locomotion, construction and materials. In the first domain, flows over and in bodies are of special interest. Here, research is carried out in the fields of functional surfaces (reduction of frictional drag, poison-free anti-fouling flows), shape design of bodies (reduction of drag, lift enhancement, manoeuvrability). Investigations are carried out by numerical simulation using different codes and by experiments.

At the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, subject to the release of funds, is a vacancy from 1. August 2023 for the

PhD position (f/m/d) in the project "Layered protein scaffolds for skin tissue engineering"

Code: FK4-10-2023, Pay group / Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L

to be filled with 29.4 hours per week and to be limited for 36 months. The position is suitable for part-time.

We offer a PhD position in the interdisciplinary DFG-funded project "Layered protein scaffolds for skin tissue engineering". When developing new skin models, it is particularly important to mimic the layered architecture of native skin with varying porosity, composition and thickness. At the same time, skin substitutes need to support the simultaneous growth of different cell types. Therefore, the aim of this project is to develop layered fibrinogen-collagen scaffolds with nanofibrous architecture to support co-cultivation of skin cells.
The PhD student will routinely fabricate fibrinogen and collagen nanofibers by self-assembly and characterize the scaffold topography via scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical characterization will be accompanied by analysis of scaffold swelling in aqueous media. In subsequent in vitro studies, co-cultures of keratinocytes and fibroblasts will be used as model cells for wound healing to study the cell interaction of layered scaffolds and provide a proof-of-concept for a new skin substitute material.
Further information on this DFG-funded project can be found HERE .
Further information on the research group can be found via:

Profile & requirements

  • A successfully completed M.Sc./Uni-Diploma degree in Biology, Biomaterials Science, Biophysics, Biochemistry or related areas
  • Good expertise in cell culture work, protein biochemistry and / or biofabrication processes
  • Experience in imaging techniques, e.g. fluorescence microscopy and scanning electron microscopy
  • Profound experience in developing experimental techniques for interdisciplinary research in biomaterials science
  • Good knowledge of computer-based data analysis (e.g. Origin, R, statistics software)
  • Willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Very good language skills in either English or German (at least level B2)
  • Applications should include a cover letter, a one-page motivation letter for pursuing a PhD and a CV including the names of two references


  • Experience in fabrication and characterization of protein nanofibers
  • Keen interest in the interdisciplinary research field of biomaterials
  • Experience in writing scientific publications

Our Offer

  • In our interdisciplinary and international team you will work on a DFG-funded fundamental research project
  • An interesting and varied job in an international environment at a cosmopolitan university
  • A secure employment relationship with all the benefits of the public sector
  • Flexible working time models at a family-friendly university for a good work-life balance
  • Company pension scheme (VBL)
  • Attractive workstations with good transport connections
  • Varied catering in the student union canteen
  • Subsidized company fitness in all EGYM Wellpass studios

...and more 10 good reasons for choose HSB.

In the case of university degrees that you completed outside the EU, please send a PDF excerpt from the database for the recognition and evaluation of foreign educational certificates (ANABIN).

Bremen University of Applied Sciences promotes the employment of women at all levels. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates with an officially recognized disability with essentially the same professional and personal qualifications will be given priority. Applications from persons with a migration background are welcomed.

Further information about the Bremen University of Applied Sciences can be found at If you have any questions regarding the job advertisement please contact Prof. Dr. Dorothea Br├╝ggemann at dorothea.brueggemann(at)

We look forward to receiving your application by 13.06.2023 inclusive via

University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Neustadtswall 30, 28199 Bremen/Germany

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