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PhD Position Polymer Architecture Control in Coatings

The NovAM group is looking for a PhD candidate. The group is truly international in composition and strives to be world leading in the fields of selected expertise. We offer challenging research topics that allow the exploration of high-risk innovative ideas and allow the PhD candidates to explore own visions and deviate from the originally planned research in a very supportive yet demanding environment. In this project we look for candidates with polymer science background interested in investigating the impact of polymer architecture on the behavior of anticorrosive coatings. Experience with advanced physical characterization techniques and electrochemistry will be an asset. Good communication skills and high command of written English are a must.

2 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


The NovAM group is looking for a PhD candidate to study the effect of polymer architecture on the protective behaviour of anticorrosive coatings. Amongst others, the PhD candidate will focus on establishing design rules that will allow the creation of inhibiting networks/paths for electrolyte and ions flow within thin films. Concepts such as hierarchical structures, self-segregation, self-stratification, graded polymers, and responsive polymers will be of relevance for this work. Although application aspects will be considered to bring the technology to higher maturity levels, the project is of a fundamental scientific nature. The candidate will work on polymer synthesis as well as advanced polymer characterization and electrochemistry. The project will be developed in close collaboration with Airbus but the work of the PhD candidate will be primarily performed at the TU Delft. The PhD candidate will join the TUDelft Graduate School to increase disciplinary competences and be trained in transferable and research skills. Other topic-related courses at the TUDelft or somewhere else will be offered.


We are looking for candidates with a BSc and MSc in polymer science and/or chemistry. The candidate should have experience with polymer synthesis preferably related to the topics of interest for this project. A scientific mindset, team spirit and a clear motivation to go beyond the initially proposed ideas and goals is required. Knowledge on organic coatings, electrochemistry and/or polymer physics will be beneficial. As our laboratory is truly international, the candidate should be proficient in English, both spoken and written, and demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills.


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Additional information

For information about the position and/or the selection procedure, you can contact the project leader Dr Santiago Garcia, Associate Professor, email: s.j.garciaespallargas@tudelft.nl, or Mrs Shanta Visser, email: s.p.visser@tudelft.nl.