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Postdoc on High performance organic aerogels

Postdoc on High performance organic aerogels

(Postdoctoraal) onderzoeker
Irène Curie Fellowship
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry


Aerogels are low density solids with high open porosity and surface area, with exceptionally low thermal conductivities and high acoustic attenuation. In this program we aim to pave the way towards the next generation of organic aerogels with outstanding mechanical, chemical and thermal stability, and flame retardancy. The research activities will include the synthesis of new monomers, optimization of polymer structure (chemical composition and architecture), aerogel properties (density, porosity, mechanics, thermal conductivity, etc.) as well as the understanding of correlation between the chemistry, sol-gel process and the final aerogel properties. These novel high-performance aerogels can be envisioned as lightweight super-insulating materials in aerospace applications and more down-to-Earth uses in construction and transportation, as well as in energy storage and catalytic applications.


  • We seek highly talented, motivated, and enthusiastic candidates with an PhD degree in polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, or a related discipline.
  • The successful candidate has a solid background in polymer and organic chemistry.
  • Good communication skills, the candidate needs to be fluent in English.
  • Strong motivation to do original, fundamental research in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Experience with the synthesis and characterization of polymers or organic molecules is essential. 
  • A research oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • An interview and a scientific presentation are part of the selection process. 


We offer a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious, multidisciplinary research team in the Polymer Performance Materials group of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for 1 year.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for research and valorization,  professional development courses for PhD students, and didactical courses of the TEACH training program.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A TU/e Postdoc Association that helps you to build a stronger and broader academic and personal network, and offers tailored support, training and workshops.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and a compensation for moving expenses.

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About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact prof.dr. Željko Tomović, z.tomovic[at] or +31 40 247 5294.

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact Leo van Houten. HR Advisor, l.v.houten[at] or +31 40 247 8269.
Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology and the department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry can be found at

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We invite you to submit a complete application using the apply-button. The application should include a:

  • 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.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

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