Postdoc Position - Polymer Chemistry and Materials Science - Volumetric 3D printing with nanoparticle inks and microgel supporting matrices (f/m/d)
University of Freiburg
We offer a Postdoc Position at the young investigator group of Dr. Dorothea Helmer at the Department of Microsystems Technology (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg. Research foci of the group include material chemistry and material structuring. Dr. Helmer is a group leader at the NeptunLab of Prof. Bastian E. Rapp and her work is published in the most important international journals including Nature and has been featured in national and international radio and print media including the BBC, the New York Times and the Discovery Channel. Dr. Helmer is further the co-founder of the company Glassomer.
Postdoc Position – Polymer Chemistry and Materials Science – Volumetric 3D printing with nanoparticle inks and microgel supporting matrices
3D Printing is a very promising technique for material structuring in science and in industry. The often-proclaimed “3D printing revolution” promises the easy fabrication of nearly arbitrary parts. However, today there are still three major issues in 3D printing that severely limit the versatility of the technology: prints are slow due to the need for generating supporting structures around complex prints, different types of machines are required for each material class and prints often lack precision on the micrometer scale. The MatrixPrint project aims at developing supporting matrices and corresponding inks for volumetric 3D printing on a customized FDM-based platform. The young investigator group and this project “MatrixPrint” is generously funded by the BMBF NanoMat Futur Programme and aims at developing solution to these issues by combining the work of chemists, material scientists and engineers.
As the postdoc of the group, you are responsible for supervision and guidance of the PhDs while also doing research to develop your own ideas. You will play a key role for the project working on new discoveries and solving difficult problems. In case of a success, this project will be a game-changer for 3D printing and will find significant attention in the scientific community and also in industry. This is an excellent opportunity to join an ambitious team and develop your career as well as your leadership skills. You should have a solid knowledge of chemistry and materials science and be motivated to solve demanding scientific problems. Knowledge of engineering is beneficial but not mandatory. You will also be involved in teaching and administrative obligations aside from research. The contract contains a probationary period of six months and is limited to the duration of the project (3 years). There is a possibility of extension if the project is extended after evaluation and if the scientific conduct is excellent. The project aims at technology transfer through a startup company – in case of success, this would give you the opportunity to advance your career as an entrepreneur.
Activities and Responsibilities
Synthesis and analysis of polymeric microparticles
Synthesis and analysis of binders and particles (metal, polymer, glass) for printing inks
Rheological analysis of microgels and inks
Compounding of printing inks
Design of binders and matrices
Bulk polymerization of interpenetrating polymer networks
High-resolution 3D printing of metals, polymers and glasses
3D Printing of microfluidic structures
Supervision of PhDs, Master and Bachelor Students
Teaching and administration
PhD in polymer chemistry, materials science or related subjects
Profound knowledge of microparticle synthesis, particle analysis and rheology is required
Knowledge of 3D printing, microfluidics and wetting is beneficial.
Excellent academic track record
Excellent English skills in reading and writing, German skills are beneficial
You should be a team player with ambitions who has good communication skills and experience in guiding and teaching employees
You should be a creative mind, developing your own ideas and willing to go the extra mile to generate outstanding scientific results.
You should be interested in expanding your knowledge and finding solutions to challenging problems
You should be able to structure and document your work properly
The possibility to build your scientific career in a highly ambitious laboratory with a strong focus on publications and publicity
An interdisciplinary work environment with responsibility for at least three PhD students
Possibility to visit national and international conferences
Possibility to develop and pursue your own scientific ideas
Well-funded projects with access to excellent state-of-the art infrastructure, generous lab space and scientific equipment
A lab structure that promotes the development of the individual members and fosters open-minded scientific discussions
An environment that supports start-up mentality – the NanoMat Futur Program aims at technology transfer and a spin-off is planned
Make sure you attach all relevant documents (pdf format preferred)
Letter of motivation: Why do you apply for this position?
Academic track record