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PhD: Novel Bio-based rheology modifiers for coating technology

We seek a talented and ambitious PhD researcher for a challenging research project on the border between supramolecular chemistry, soft materials and chemical …

5 maanden geleden


Van der Maasweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


We seek a talented and ambitious PhD researcher for a challenging research project on the border between supramolecular chemistry, soft materials and chemical product technology. The project aims at the development of new rheology modifier technology based on biofeedstock for application in hi-tech coatings. The PhD position is concerned with the design and synthesis of new self-assembling molecules, their structural and rheological characterization as supramolecular soft materials, and their formulation as rheology modifiers for coatings.

The position is part of a collaborative project between the group of Prof. Dr. Jan van Esch at TU Delft and a global industrial company and one of the market leaders in additives for coating technology. The project will be performed in the Advanced Soft Matter section at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Delft University of Technology. Close collaboration and secondments (up to 3 months) at the lab of the industrial partner are an essential part of the project. At TU Delft, the PhD student will be part of a larger team of up to 10 PhDs and postdocs working on related topics.


You have a strong background in supramolecular chemistry, soft materials science and/or polymer chemistry. You must have practical skills in organic or polymer synthesis, and the structural and rheological characterization of soft materials. Experience in industrial crystallization and/or formulation technology is highly advantageous. Desirable experience includes (a) calorimetry, (b) light and/or electron microscopy, (c) X-ray diffraction, and (d) rheology. It is essential that you are able to demonstrate competence in these areas, as judged by publications (or papers in press) in high quality peer reviewed journals or an MSc Thesis on a relevant topic. Very good spoken and written English is mandatory. 


TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Jan van Esch, phone: +31 (0)15-278 8826, e-mail: J.H.vanEsch@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a CV, reference letters or names of references, and a letter of application by May 2, 2018 to Ms. Veby Agus, e-mail: V.A.Agus@tudelft.nl. Please mention the title of the project in the subject of the e-mail.