PhD candidate in Industrial Sustainable Chemistry

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

7 januari 2019
Master's degree
€2,325 to €2,972 gross per month
18 januari 2019
38 hours per week

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

The group Industrial Sustainable Chemistry is headed by Prof. Gert-Jan Gruter and is part of the Sustainable Chemistry theme of HIMS. The group operates in close collaboration with industry. Most of the PhD candidates have the possibility to work in the Avantium lab’s located in MATRIX VI at the Amsterdam Science Park (next to HIMS location) or in the Avantium Zekeringstraat labs in Amsterdam.

The general aim of the group is the development of synthetic strategies for new and existing building blocks for sustainable materials with a focus on those that have large scale (>100,000 tons) application potential. In addition the group develops novel sustainable plastics produced from bio-based building blocks, a challenge that we approach in a multidisciplinary fashion. Important issues when developing building blocks with bulk application potential is competitiveness on cost and when new also possibly on performance.

Job description

We are currently exploring various new concepts in the production and application of sustainable novel and existing (drop-in) building blocks from sugars. In the next 4 years we work with 4 other PhD candidates on this project to develop scalable polyesters from a series of bio-based building blocks. The project is executed in close collaboration with industry (Avantium and LEGO).


What do we require of you?

You are our suitable candidate if you:

  • have a MSc. degree in chemistry with a substantial (organic) chemistry/polymer chemistry component;
  • have the ability to collaborate and adapt in an international team;
  • possess good communication skills in oral and written English.

And in addition, you:

  • should be a creative thinker that likes challenging projects;
  • must have a background in polymer (polyester) synthesis and/or polymer processing;
  • should be interested to use analytical methods (e.g. NMR, DSC, TGA, GPC, etc.) to evaluate the properties of novel building blocks or polymeric materials.

Due to limitations in recruitment budget we will preferably consider candidates that are currently in Europe.

Further information

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The selection process commences immediately and will close when a suitable candidate has been found.

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 €2,325 in the first year to €2,972 in the final year, according to the Dutch salary scales for PhD candidates. This is excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of 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 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), why did you choose to apply for this position;
  • curriculum vitae, including list of publications;
  • the names and contact details (email and telephone numbers) of two academic references.

We will recruit until the position is filled. The selection process commences immediately, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found, even if this prior to the final date of the application window.

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