Postdoctoral researcher Polymerization-Induced Electrostatic Self-assembly

Updated: 20 days ago
Deadline: 01 Sep 2021

Are you fan of RAFT polymerization? Are you interested in polymer chemistry, micelles and scattering? Are you passionate about your research and keen to interact with others?


(Post-doctoral) Researcher


Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

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Job description

Polymer micelles composed of oppositely charged block copolymers are fascinating hydrocolloids with great appeal in various application areas including biomedicine. Polymerization-induced electrostatic self-assembly (PIESA) has recently been introduced as an attractive means to prepare these micelles on large scale and mild conditions. Extraordinary morphologies have been accessed, but these are often unstable. We recently discovered a novel strategy to regulate the polymerization, which offers excellent control over the assembly pathway. In this project you will this deploy this strategy to prepare polymer micelles with custom-tailored morphology, dimensions and properties. You will use RAFT for the templated polymerization and scattering tools and (electron) microscopy for characterization. You will study the opportunities and limitations of this novel technology focusing in particular on the engineering of non-equilibrium assembly pathways to generate well-defined, complex multi-responsive and multi-compartment micellar and vesicular architectures. Our aim is to develop new tools to prepare nanosized, polymeric hydrocolloids with fine-tuned architectures and properties.

Job requirements
  • PhD in polymer science. Experience with RAFT, PI(E)SA, scattering and/or electron microscopy.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated by an outstanding PhD thesis and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong motivation to do excellent, original, fundamental research.
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that there is no Dutch language requirement.
  • Independent and goal-oriented scientist. Team player and able to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and international context.

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 offer for 1 year initially with possibility to extend by another year
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for research,  valorization and professional development
  • 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

For further information on this vacancy please contact
Prof. Dr. Ir. Ilja Voets, i.voets[at] or +31 40 247 5303

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

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