Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
PhD Fellowship in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on Thiol-ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
On October 01, 2009, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded by a merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe.
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Application deadline: May 31
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
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PhD Fellowship in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on Thiol-ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation

Job description:
We invite highly motivated and creative applicants for a PhD positions within a collaborative project between the Institute of Engineering in Life Sciences at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany) and the Institute Charles Sadron (ICS, University of Strasbourg, France). The PhD candidate will be part of the inno­vative training network (ITN) “Towards Next generation Eco-efficient PHOTO and EMULSION Poly­meri­zations” funded through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Programme. 

The research project focuses on using thiol-ene polyaddition in dispersed media to develop new functional materials. More specifically, the project is aiming at miniemulsion polymerization and aerosol photo­poly­meri­zation for the production of innovative polymeric nanoparticles and lattices. This involves the synthesis of functional nanoparticles/lattices, their chemical modification (e. g. bioconjugation and encapsulation) and finally applications of those nanoparticles/lattices in the domain of bioanalytics and diagnostics. The PhD project includes 26 months in the main host institution (KIT), a 6-month secondment at the academic partner premises (ICS), and a 4-month secondment at an industrial partner, Peschl Ultraviolet GmbH (Mainz, Germany).
Further information at: https://mab.blt.kit.edu/1061.php.

Personal qualification:
Candidates should ideally possess a Master's degree in chemistry, material science or a closely related disci­pline. Candidates must be within the first four years of his/her research career. Applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree will not be considered. Potential candidates should be able to demonstrate motivation and a strong eagerness to learn. Individuals must possess excellent written, oral communication in English and organizational skills. In addition, they should demonstrate the ability both to work independently and as part of a team. Previous related research experience will be a distinct advantage. Scientific curiosity with an open attitude to work interdisciplinary in the framework of international collaborations is also essential. Candi­dates can be of any nationality, but are required to undertake transnational mobility.

Eligibility requirements:
At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to start of the project. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Benefits:

  • A highly valuable expertise in photochemical, microreaction and aerosol technology, in polymer science and photopolymerisation in dispersed systems
  • Interdisciplinary supervision; The PhD student will be supervised by two academics from different disciplines and an industrial mentor
  • 4-month industrial secondments
  • Meaningful and innovative training methods: tandem PhD, distance language learning, ESR as itinerant science educator, online courses, PhD-led subproject, highly interactive meetings and tutorials

The position is available from July 31th, 2018 and is not permanent. Salary is funded at the level stipulated by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

KIT is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. 

Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if equally qualified.

Please apply with all required documents: a full CV, a motivation letter including a description of previous research experiences and contact details, official transcript, at least one recommendation letter. Only documents in English will be accepted.
Applicants should submit the documentation until May 31th, 2018, to Dr. Michael Wörner, michael.woerner@kit.edu. Applications failing to include the requested documentation, where the candidates do not meet the eligibility criteria or which do not indicate the preferred projects will not be considered.

Further details can be found on our website: www.kit.edu

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