PhD position Biodegradable Polymers

University of Twente
January 01, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2.443
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A PhD position is available at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) within the Faculty of Science and Technology. The research project will develop and demonstrate novel biobased and fully biodegradable polymeric materials.

There is a significant need for biodegradable polymers as a part of a new circular strategies in the “plastics age”. However, biodegradable does not essentially mean biodegradable in the desired environment or only under certain conditions. This project will develop new biobased polymers using green organic chemistry with a predefined degradation profile.

The project is based on the molecular understanding of polymeric materials and will be conducted within the Sustainable Polymer Chemistry (SPC) group in the Department of Molecules and Materials of the University of Twente.

Currently, we are looking for a PhD candidate for the project:

"A new road for protection groups: fully biodegradable polymers based on chemically-altered biopolymers"

The candidate will develop and demonstrate novel molecularly defined biobased polymers or chemically altered polymers can be synthesized and processed. Also, biodegradation in different environments will be studied. The candidate must have a background in synthetic Organic Chemistry or synthetic Polymer Chemistry as the project relies on molecular understanding of the polymers. Experience in biodegradation or handling of microorganisms (spores, bacteria) are desired.

Your profile
  • For this position we are searching for an ambitious candidate with a Master's Degree in Organic Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry.
  • To address the scientific questions you will use a combination of experimental techniques including organic synthesis, controlled polymerization techniques and state-of-the-art characterization techniques for polymers.
  • For this project, therefore, organic or polymer synthesis skills are essential. In addition, the candidate should be fluent in English.
  • If you are keen on working in an interdisciplinary environment as an organic and polymer chemist and are looking for a challenging project, please contact us.
  • Our offer
  • Fulltime position for four years, starting date immediately.
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • The PhD salary is € 2.443,- in the first year and increases to € 3.122,- in the fourth year.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.
  • A personal development program within the Twente Graduate School.
  • Information and application

    Your reaction should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation, a detailed CV, and an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure. Please apply via the provided button before 31 december 2022.

    For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact Prof. Frederik Wurm (

    About the department

    The SPC group is part of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, which offers advanced characterization and fabrication tools on the nanoscale and covers various aspects of nanoscience and technology. The department is equipped with modern, state-of-the-art synthesis facilities including high vacuum lines, glove boxes, etc. and modern equipment for polymer characterization, such as chromatography, spectroscopy. etc.

    About the organization

    The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

    How to apply Step 1

    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

    Step 2

    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

    Step 4

    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

    Want to know more? Wurm, F.R. (Frederik)

    Full Professor

    Wurm, F.R. (Frederik)

    Full Professor

    Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Frederik for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.



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