PhD position Smart Coatings (1.0 FTE)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 01 Sep 2022

Organisation

The University of Groningen is a research university, currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists. The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University, offering first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines.

The mission of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry is to perform excellent research and teaching in molecular and supramolecular chemistry. Core activities in the chemical sciences such as bioorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, molecular inorganic chemistry and molecular materials chemistry are embedded in the institute. The research program is focused on synthesis, catalysis, functional materials, bio-organic chemistry/chemical biology and systems chemistry/complex molecular systems.

The research program of the Beil group is focused on synthetic and physical organic chemistry. Based on redox transformation with visible light as well as electricity we are developing powerful transformations for green synthetic approached. Nature’s building blocks play a crucial role as substrates and our products will be incorporated into high-performance materials and pharmaceuticals. Materials with tailored functions, such as redox activity and responsiveness, are complementing our portfolio.


Job description

“Responsive Coatings from Bio-Based Aggregates”

Coatings are static and difficult to recycle materials, which lack responsiveness and adaptive behaviors. The Beil Research Group (www.beillab.org) aims at utilizing peptidic supramolecular polymers to design novel responsive and recyclable coatings. The ability of sensing stress or contamination as well as high resistance and barrier properties are targets of these bio-based materials.

The prospective Ph.D. student will work in an international and interdisciplinary team in a fast-paced, creative research environment, set at a renowned chemistry department. The University of Groningen and the Beil Research Group strive to create an equitable, inclusive, and respectful environment, where researchers of different backgrounds and disciplines can work at the fore front of science. As a group leader, I strive to instil scientific rigor, foster intellectual independence, nurture their spirit for exploration and prepare students for their future professional lives.

The Ph.D. position is embedded in the Advanced Research Centre Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC), which enables close collaboration with industrial partners, and the Meijer Research Group (TU Eindhoven). The project will be shared among the partners and research will be performed at all involved facilities.


Qualifications

We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • M.Sc. degree in chemistry, materials sciences, biochemistry, or equivalent
  • research experience in organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, and/or peptide science
  • fluency in written and spoken English
  • willingness to pick up a variety of additional skills ranging from peptide synthesis to material characterization
  • well-developed communication and collaboration skills.

Ph.D. students are expected to develop scientific independence and complete research projects successfully. Successful Ph.D. students stay abreast with developments in the field, proactively communicate research results, supervise B.Sc. and M.Sc. students, and work effectively in a team and collaborate across disciplines. We are looking forward for you to join our team to create new types of materials and coatings, which will bring new function to the coatings industry.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see University of Groningen’s English Language Requirements for details.


Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth and final year, based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% year-end bonus
  • a position for four years; you will get a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected
  • a university PhD training program is part of the agreement and the successful candidates will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.

The starting date is flexible but would ideally be in November 2022.


Information

For information you can contact:

Dr. Sebastian Beil,   s.b.beil@rug.nl

(please do not use the email addresses above for applications)


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