Open positions as Project Manager

We are hiring - Open positions as Project Manager "Technology Campus Golm" and as Project Management Support

innoFSPEC Potsdam is growing and we are currently looking for a Project Manager for the 'Technology Campus Golm' with a background in natural sciences and/or project management and knowledge & technology transfer. The position is part of the GO:UP project at the University of Potsdam in the funding scheme 'Innovative Hochschule'. More details about the vacancy can be found here.

Besides, we are currently offering a position related to Project Management Support in the same project. More details about this position can be found here.

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New DFG project

New DFG project starting on energy induced nanoparticle substrate interactions

Dr. Claudia Pacholski, Heisenberg fellow and innoFSPEC research group leader for Optical Materials, is starting a new DFG-project called 'Energy induced nanoparticle substrate interactions'. Project partner is Prof. Carsten Ronning (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute for Solid State Physics).

In this DFG project, the aim is to identify the general impact of chemical and physical energy on the interaction between metallic nanoparticles and Si-based substrate materials in order to gain a deep understanding of the underlying processes. Thereby, the development of new materials with exceptional properties and functionalities will be promoted which could be utilized as catalyzer or sensors - for example.

Mission accepted

The innoFSPEC team has set itself ambitious goals and has achieved many of the milestones in 2017 - exciting projects have been started and proceeded, new partners from industry and science have been gained and our team has welcomed some new enthusiastic scientists. In 2018, we want to continue in this way! And for that, during our Christmas Party, we got a foretaste of new challenges in solving mystery riddles as part of an escape game in Berlin called "Mission Accepted". So for now and for the coming year, we can say - mission accepted! Merry christmas and a happy new year to all our partners, colleagues and students.

ERC grant for innoFSPEC fellow Professor Ilko Bald

ERC grant for innoFSPEC fellow Professor Ilko Bald – tracing molecules with origami nanostructures

One of the biggest challenges in chemistry is the examination of reaction mechanisms on the level of single molecules. The so-called raman spectroscopy can help solving this problem - provided that the molecules and metallic nanoparticles can be arranged in a very precise manner. At the University of Potsdam, Professor Ilko Bald and his team are doing research about the arrangement of nanoparticles and molecules by using DNA origami nanostructures. Ilko Bald holds a joint professorship of the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Berlin (BAM), and the University of Potsdam.

For his research Professor Bald has recently won a renowned ERC consolidator grant of the European Research Council (ERC). The award comes with around 2 Mio. Euro for the benefit of establishing an own research group. Overall there were 2538 applications - only 329 of these received an ERC grant for pathbreaking pioneer research and scientific excellence. Ilko Bald's project at the University of Potsdam is called „SMART-DNA: Single-Molecule Analytical Raman Tools based on DNA nanostructures“. It will be funded for five years and will be supported by four PhD students of the graduate school SALSA – School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (Humboldt-University of Berlin), where Professor Ilko Bald is am member since 2013.