PhD position in the Department of Molecules and Materials on the Synthesis of Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers.

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University of Twente (UT)


We are excited to announce multiple a PhD project within our innovative research team, Sustainable Polymer Chemistry, focused on sustainable polymer chemistry. We invite applications from passionate individuals with a keen interest in advancing the fields of sustainable polymers, their design and synthesis, but also biopolymers, and biodegradable polymers through cutting-edge research and technology development. The position will be focusing on the use of bioderived monomers to prepare biodegradable polymers and copolymers with controlled degradation rates in different environments. A special focus will be given to polyphosphoester-copolymers with application in sustainable.

We invite you to apply for this exciting PhD opportunity.


  • You have BSc. or MSc. in Chemistry and proven experimental skill in Organic Chemistry.
  • You have knowledge and interest in sustainable solutions for polymers (synthesis, biopolymers, biodegradation, etc.).
  • You have theoretical background and practical knowledge about technology of polymers.
  • You display a strong passion to science and exceptional motivation as a researcher.
  • You like dealing with new concepts and doing original research but you are of critical approach to evaluating experimental findings.
  • You are fluent in English.
  • You are a team player.


  • An appointment for 4 years as a PHD researcher.
  • Salary ranging from € 2.770,- gross per month in the first year to € 3.539,- gross per month in the 4th year of your PhD appointment.
  • Professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente.
  • Terms of employment in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO).
  • Holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • Pension as part of the solid Dutch scheme (ABP).
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).
  • Access to the state-of-art research facilities.
  • Large campus with numerous options for free-of-charge recreational and sport activities.
  • Possibilities to cooperate with nearby high-tech companies and institutions on both sides of national borders.
  • An inspiring scientific environment with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization and boundaryless collaboration is an important part of the strategic agenda.

Meer informatie

Are you interested? Send your application before February 29, 2024, via the provided button en should include:
  • Personal motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation.
  • A detailed CV.
  • One reference from your former supervisor (written recommendation) with contact details.
  • Academic transcript of BSc. and MSc. education.

An interview and a scientific presentation will be a part of the selection procedure. Applications submitted by means other than the indicated here will not be considered. We reserve the right to speak only to selected candidates.

For more information about the position you are welcome to contact Prof. Dr. Frederik Wurm: frederik.wurm@utwente.nl