Postdoc: Synthesis of stimuli responsive block copolymer surfactants (TNWCE18-041)

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Postdoc: Synthesis of stimuli responsive block copolymer surfactants

Department/faculty: Faculty Applied Sciences
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 2,5 years
Salary: 2984 - 4084 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics.

The Department of Chemical Engineering promotes the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge in chemistry and chemical engineering, with a focus on materials for energy and health applications. We aspire to improve the quality of life in a sustainable society through discovery and innovation, the quality of life of our graduates through inspiration and teaching, and the quality of life of our peers through collaboration and exchange. With a proud heritage in chemical engineering, the department seeks to break new ground in areas where molecular understanding and engineering design meet.

The Department of Radiation Science and Technology focuses on fundamental research with radiation of energy and health. Applications range from nuclear reactors for energy and radioisotope production, new materials for energy conversion and storage, new production routes and application of radionuclides, and sensors and technologies for radiation detection and imaging.

Job description

We seek a talented and ambitious postdoctoral researcher for a challenging research project on the border between synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and characterization of blockcopolymer assembly. The project aims at the synthesis of blockcopolymer surfactants fitted with functional groups that render them responsive to light or certain chemicals. A major part of the project will be concerned with polymer synthesis and characterization, characterization of their assembly behavior in water, and testing their signal response.

The project is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Eelkema Lab and the group of Dr. Antonia Denkova at the Department of Radiation Science and Technology. This collaboration aims at applying such materials in healthcare and in particular in cancer therapy. Most of the synthetic work will be performed in the Eelkema lab at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Delft University of Technology. Application of the synthesized polymers will be tested at the Denkova lab and with partners at the Erasmus Medical Center.


The successful candidate will have a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry and polymer synthesis. You must have practical skills in multi-step organic synthesis, the ability to analyze and optimize reaction processes, and in polymer synthesis and characterization. Desirable practical experience includes (a) NMR, (prep-)HPLC, MS, GPC (b) UV-VIS, fluorescence spectroscopy (c) chromatography. It is essential that you are able to demonstrate competence in these areas, as judged by publications (or papers in press) in high quality peer reviewed journals. Very good spoken and written English is mandatory.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Rienk Eelkema, Associate Professor, phone: +31 (0)15-2781035, e-mail: . For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Ms. Veby Agus, Management Assistant, e-mail: .

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, a list of references and a motivation letter by 9 July 2018 to Ms. Veby Agus, e-mail: .
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWCE18-041.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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