PhD researcher Probing damage in polymer composites with mechanofluorescence (V37.2989)

PhD researcher Probing damage in polymer composites with mechanofluorescence

Faculteit Scheikundige Technologie


The mechanical properties of polymers are greatly improved when they are filled with nanoparticles such as silica spheres or cellulose nanofibers, but the improvement depends on strong bonding between the matrix and the filler. In this project you will develop mechanically sensitive probe molecules that become fluorescent when chemical bonds are broken, and you will use them to  study the relation between interfacial interaction strength and mechanical properties. Previous work: DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03297K


We seek highly talented, motivated, and enthusiastic candidates with an MSc degree in Chemistry, Molecular  Sciences, or a related discipline. The successful candidate has a solid background in 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.


We offer a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious, multidisciplinary research team in the Supramolecular Polymer Chemistry group of 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.

Informatie en sollicitatie

For more information please visit or contact Prof. Dr. Rint Sijbesma +31 (0)40 247 3111 /
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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.