PhD researcher Polymer Mechanochemistry (V37.2987)

PhD researcher Polymer Mechanochemistry

Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
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Job description

Probing mechanical forces in polymeric materials and hydrogels is of high importance to obtain detailed insight in the mechanisms behind their mechanical failure, and for the interaction of living cells with. To this end we will develop ultrasensitive probes that respond to force with the emission of light. The intended probes will be used to measure forces in hydrogels with applications as host matrix for tissue engineering. Previous work: DOI: 10.1126/science.1248494 

Job requirements

We seek highly talented, motivated, and enthusiastic candidates with an MSc degree in organic chemistry, or related discipline. The successful candidate has a solid background in (physical) organic chemistry, as well as good communication skills, is fluent in English, and should have a strong motivation to do original, fundamental research in an interdisciplinary team. Experience with the synthesis of organic molecules or polymers is essential.  An interview and a scientific presentation are part of the selection process. The candidate is expected to finish the project with a PhD thesis and disseminate the results through, publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences.

Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious, multidisciplinary research team at the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) at Eindhoven University of Technology. Gross monthly salaries € 2222,- to € 2840,- in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Moreover, a 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) is provided annually. We also offer an attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, child care and sport facilities) and we can help you find accommodation.

Information and application

For more information please visit or contact Prof. Rint Sijbesma +31 (0)40 247 3111 /
Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Arianne Boekema, HR advisor, email:
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Application Procedure

Please send your application via the apply-now button on this page. To ensure consideration, your application should include the following documents (in PDF format):

•An application letter that outlines your qualification, interest and motivation for this position
•A CV with details on education, employment, publications, and research experience, as well as contact information for two referees.

Please send your application documents before August 31, 2017.

Review of applications will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.