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PhD position in the Department of Molecules and Materials on the Synthesis of Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers.

Are you a passionate individual with a keen interest in sustainable materials and cutting-edge research?
Join us in shaping the future of sustainable materials!

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 2,770 - € 3,539
  • Deadline
    29 Feb 2024

We are excited to announce multiple a PhD project within our innovative research team, Sustainable Polymer Chemistry, focused on sustainable polymer chemistry. We invite applications from passionate individuals with a keen interest in advancing the fields of sustainable polymers, their design and synthesis, but also biopolymers, and biodegradable polymers through cutting-edge research and technology development. The position will be focusing on the use of bioderived monomers to prepare biodegradable polymers and copolymers with controlled degradation rates in different environments. A special focus will be given to polyphosphoester-copolymers with application in sustainable.

We invite you to apply for this exciting PhD opportunity.

Your profile

  • You have BSc. or MSc. in Chemistry and proven experimental skill in Organic Chemistry.
  • You have knowledge and interest in sustainable solutions for polymers (synthesis, biopolymers, biodegradation, etc.).
  • You have theoretical background and practical knowledge about technology of polymers.
  • You display a strong passion to science and exceptional motivation as a researcher.
  • You like dealing with new concepts and doing original research but you are of critical approach to evaluating experimental findings.
  • You are fluent in English.
  • You are a team player.

Our offer

  • An appointment for 4 years as a PHD researcher.
  • Salary ranging from € 2.770,- gross per month in the first year to € 3.539,- gross per month in the 4th year of your PhD appointment.
  • Professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente.
  • Terms of employment in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO).
  • Holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • Pension as part of the solid Dutch scheme (ABP).
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).
  • Access to the state-of-art research facilities.
  • Large campus with numerous options for free-of-charge recreational and sport activities.
  • Possibilities to cooperate with nearby high-tech companies and institutions on both sides of national borders.
  • An inspiring scientific environment with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization and boundaryless collaboration is an important part of the strategic agenda.

Information and application

Are you interested? Send your application before February 29, 2024, via the provided button en should include:

An interview and a scientific presentation will be a part of the selection procedure.  Applications submitted by means other than the indicated here will not be considered. We reserve the right to speak only to selected candidates.

For more information about the position you are welcome to contact Prof. Dr. Frederik Wurm: frederik.wurm@utwente.nl

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About the organisation

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

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Wurm, F.R. (Frederik)

Wurm, F.R. (Frederik)
Full Professor

Wurm, F.R. (Frederik)
Full Professor

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Frederik for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.

How to apply

Step 1

When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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Step 2

The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

Step 4

2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

Step 5

The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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About the TNW Faculty

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