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Job Advertisement No. 052-2017

Open PhD position on
"Responsive polymeric surfaces with
controllable underwater adhesion properties"

PhD Project funded by EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Pro­gramm Horizont 2020 at the Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.
The position is available from June 2017 onwards for 36 months.
Background of the project
Adhesion to wet, rough and contaminated surfaces is a formidable challenge. To develop novel strategies for controllable adhesion in wet environments, it is essential to derive inspiration from biological adhesive systems, which have developed manifold adaptations to such conditions over millions of years of evolution. Yet, fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of adhesion in wet environments is still lacking and the design of mature underwater adhesives remains challenging.
Objectives of PhD thesis
The objective of the PhD thesis is the development of underwater adhesive systems based on model polymeric brush systems and polymeric gels. He/she will cooperate with industrial and academic partners within the BioSmart Project in testing and characterization of adhesion performance and mechanisms. He/she will be part of a multidisciplinary team of chemists and physicists.
Requirements and duties
The successful candidate has a MSc degree in Chemistry/ Polymer Chemistry/Physical Chemistry/Material Science. Previous experience with polymeric materials as well as their analytical investigation (e.g. AFM) is highly desired.
During the PhD, the candidate will visit and carry our research at academic and industrial partner groups within the EU BioSmart-Trainee Project to learn new characterization techniques and approaches.
A strong motivation for science and proficient written and oral communication skills in English are crucial for the successful completion of this challenging project. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of chemists and physicists.
Applicants must also satisfy the eligibility requirements for ESR under the EC Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Network Programme; in particular they should be eligible to be appointed as ESR in Germany:
  • To have less than four years research experience after Undergraduate/ Masters graduation (this is cumulative research experience and does not include management/industrial or other work experience).
  • To not hold a PhD degree (PhD candidates under 4 years of registration and before completion may apply).
  • To not have resided or carried out their main activity in Ger­many for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to their recruitment.
In case of identical qualifications, preference will be given to severely disabled candidates. The Leibniz-Institut für Polymer­for­schung Dresden e.V. is committed to providing equal career opportunities for men and women.
Professional Questions about this position can be addressed to: E-mal:; tel.: +49 351 4658 475
Application procedure:
Applications including motivation letter, CV, publication list, a short description of past and prospective research activities should be submitted by e-mail as a single PDF document to the Department of Human Resources (with the Number 052-2017):
Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.
Mrs. Susanne Otto
Head of Human Resources
Hohe Straße 6 / 01069 Dresden
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Published on on date 24 March 2017
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