Postdoc on ‘polymers for photonics’

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 14 Aug 2022

Are you our next Postdoc in polymers for photonics?


(Post-doctoral) Researcher


Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

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Job description

The Supramolecular Polymer Chemistry group at the Eindhoven University of Technology is developing polymers for photonic applications in collaboration with the Electro-Optical Communication group in the department of Electrical Engineering. In a new project, you will develop photoswitchable molecules and integrate them as cladding for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). PICs offer unique opportunities to advance technology in areas such as computing, sensing and health care diagnostics but these circuits are not programmable and are still fully based on application specific chip design concepts. In order to enable programmable PIC technology, you will develop novel cladding materials which can change their refractive index in a non-volatile way.

Job requirements

We seek highly talented, motivated, and enthusiastic candidates with a PhD degree in synthetic polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, or a related discipline. You have a solid background in polymer and organic chemistry, as well as good communication skills, you are fluent in English, and should have a strong motivation to do original research as part of an interdisciplinary team. Experience with the synthesis and characterization of polymers or organic molecules is essential.  Note that there are no Dutch language requirements. An interview and a scientific presentation are part of the selection process.

Conditions of employment
  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for 2 years.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for research and valorization,  professional development courses for PhD students, and didactical courses of the TEACH training program.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
prof.dr. Rint Sijbesma, r.p.sijbesma[at]

For information about terms of employment, please contact Leo van Houten. HR Advisor,
l.v.houten[at] or +31 40 247 8269.

Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology and the department of
Chemical Engineering & Chemistry can be found at .

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  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of
    three references.
  • List of five self-selected ‘best publications’.

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