Postdoc Polymer Brushes for Electronic Nose Applications

University of Twente
March 12, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 4.670
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Polymer brushes are coatings composed of end-anchored polymers which stretch away from the substrate due to interactions with their neighbouring chains. These brushes absorb vapors of good solvents, which can be used in many applications. In this project, we will focus on electronic nose applications. We will coat polymer brushes on different sensor platforms and monitor their response upon exposure to different vapor mixtures, with the aim to identify scents. The project is part of a large Dutch consortium and you will be expected to interact regularly international collaborators in online and face- to-face meetings and work visits.

You will be embedded in the Department of Molecules and Materials, within the faculty of Science and Technology. You will be working in the Functional Polymer Surfaces team under the supervision of Dr. Sissi de Beer. Her team combines molecular modelling and laboratory experiments of polymer coatings to understand and employ their interactions with different molecules. This project will have a strong experimental focus.

Your profile

For this position we are searching for an ambitious candidate with a doctoral degree in Physics or Chemical Engineering, with solid background in soft matter science. A strong affinity with polymer synthesis and polymer characterization experiments is highly recommended. The candidate must be fluent in English and able to collaborate within a multidisciplinary team of staff and students.

Our offer
  • Fulltime position for 1 year, with the possibility of an extension by another 2 years.
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • The salary amounts, depending on education and experience, minimal € 3.557, - to a maximum of € 4.670,- gross per month in case of a fulltime employment.
  • 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.
  • Professional and personal development programmes.
  • Information and application

    Enthusiastic? Please send your reaction via the apply button before March 15 and should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation, a detailed CV, and a copy of your doctoral degree. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure.

    For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact Sissi de Beer ([email protected])

    About the organisation

    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.

    Want to know more? Beer, S.J.A. de (Sissi)

    Associate Professor

    Beer, S.J.A. de (Sissi)

    Associate Professor

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    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.

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