PhD positions for polymer separations

Faculty of Science – Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Publication date
30 October 2018
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,266 to €2,897 gross per month
Closing date
16 November 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of the eight institutes of the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, energy, flavour & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organised into four themes: Sustainable Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Photonics.

The analytical-chemistry group collaborates intensively with colleagues at the Vrije Universiteit. Candidates for the present positions may be appointed at either university, but may work at both locations with the objective of obtaining a joint PhD degree between the two universities.

Project description

The UNMATCHED project

To create materials for e.g. the electronics industry (materials for chips, housing, coatings), high-tech manufacturing (materials for solar panels, 3D-printing), medicine (biomedical materials, drug excipients), coatings, etc. increasingly smart chemical strategies are being developed.

The applications of such polymers are also increasingly specific. A major bottleneck for the translation of ever smarter and more-sophisticated chemistries into ever better and more-specific products is the lack of appropriate characterization methods.

To establish better correlations between chemical structure and functional properties of polymeric materials its various distributions need to be measured accurately. This is the purpose of the UNMATCHED project (“Understanding MATerials by Characterizing Essential Distributions”) and will be your main task. AkzoNobel, BASF, DSM and The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) are sponsoring this project.

Polymer separations

Within this large project we are specifically looking for PhD students that will focus on one- and two-dimensional polymer separations. We will  develop and apply advanced separation methods in the project.


What do we require of you?

  • A recent MSc degree in a field relevant to the project;
  • have shown affinity with liquid-phase analytical separations, preferably in the above context;
  • ability to function within and contribute to an international research team;
  • willingness to collaborate with PhD candidates and Postdoctoral researchers in related research projects and with other research groups within and outside The Netherlands;
  • that you possess good communication skills in oral and written English.

Further information

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The full-time appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of four years (18 months plus a further 30 months after a positive evaluation) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,266 in the first year to €2,897 in the final year, according to the Dutch salary scales for PhD candidates. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You may send in your application no later than 16 November 2018 using the link below.

Please upload the following information in a single PDF file (not zipped):

  • cover letter/letter of motivation (at most 1 page), motivate how you expect to contribute to a technology-oriented high-resolution separation project in an analytical-chemistry environment;
  • curriculum vitae, including list of publications;
  • the names and contact details (email and telephone numbers) of two references;
  • a list of courses followed and grades obtained, copies of the bachelor and master theses (or drafts thereof).

Because of the starting deadline only candidates from within the EU or with valid visa and work permits will be considered. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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