TU Delft

PostDoc position in Novel Bio-based rheology modifiers for coating technology

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€ 2.500 - 5.000
Job description

We seek a talented and ambitious post-doctoral researcher for a challenging research project on the border between supramolecular chemistry, soft materials and chemical product technology. The project aims at the development of new rheology modifier technology based on biofeedstock for application in hi-tech coatings. The postdoc position is concerned with the design and synthesis of new self-assembling molecules, their structural and rheological characterization as supramolecular soft materials, and their formulation as rheology modifiers for coatings.

The position is part of a collaborative project between the group of prof. Dr. Jan van Esch at TU Delft and a global industrial company and one of the market leaders in additives for coating technology. The project will be performed in the Advanced Soft Matter section at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Delft University of Technology. Close collaboration and research visits (up to 3 months) at the lab of the industrial partner are an essential part of the project. At TU Delft, the postdoc will be part of a larger team of up to 10 PhDs and postdocs working on related topics.


You have a strong background in supramolecular chemistry, soft materials science and/or polymer chemistry. You must have experience in industrial crystallization and/or formulation technology, and the structural and rheological characterization of soft materials. Practical skills in organic or polymer synthesis are highly advantageous. Desirable experience includes (a) calorimetry, (b) light and/or electron microscopy, (c) X-ray diffraction, and (d) rheology. It is essential that you are able to demonstrate competence in these areas, as judged by publications (or papers in press) in high quality peer reviewed journals or an MSc Thesis on a relevant topic. Very good spoken and written English is mandatory.

Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

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Faculty Applied Sciences

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

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Additional information

The Advanced Soft Matter (ASM) research group is focused on the development and characterisation of new, functional, soft molecular and polymer materials, as well as the design and synthesis of new functional molecules and polymers. Examples include dynamic gels and surfactants, self-healing materials and out-of -equilibrium systems, often formed by self-assembly or directed self-assembly of molecular building blocks. Materials of interest may range from bio-organic to opto-electronic, nanostructured materials.

The Department of Chemical Engineering promotes the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge in chemistry and chemical engineering, with a focus on materials for energy and health applications. We aspire to improve the quality of life in a sustainable society through discovery and innovation, the quality of life of our graduates through inspiration and teaching, and the quality of life of our peers through collaboration and exchange. With a proud heritage in chemical engineering, the department seeks to break new ground in areas where molecular understanding and engineering design meet.

Application procedure

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Jan van Esch, phone: +31 (0)15-278 8826, e-mail: J.H.vanesch@tudelft.nl or Ms. Veby Agus, phone: +31 (0)15-278 2682, e-mail: V.A.Agus@tudelft.nl.

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 1 December 2021 via the application button and upload your motivation, CV and reference letters or names of references.

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