Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Germany PhD-grant (2x2 years) Organic and Polymer Chemistry

In the group Organic and Polymer Chemistry of Hasselt University, the following position (m/f) is available:

PhD-grant (2x2 years) Organic and Polymer Chemistry (mandate SBG/2008/011)

Job description
The research group “Organic and Polymer Chemistry”, a division of IMO (Institute of Material Research), is located on the Hasselt University campus in Belgium and has a strong competence in Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Analysis. Via the IMOMEC division, there is a close collaboration with IMEC, the biggest independent research centre in electronics in Europe. One of the core activities of the group relates to the synthesis and characterisation of conjugated or conductive polymers for plastic electronics, e.g. P-LED’s, organic transistors, organic Solar cells, chemosensors, biosensors, etc… A PhD-grant is available from IMEC for a PhD on the premises of the UHasselt in the domain of Conjugated (Semi-conductive) Polymers for application in solar cells.

The activity planned aims to perform research in the field of semi-conductive polymers for photovoltaic applications, in particular synthesis and characterisation of new polymeric materials and this with an emphasis on exploring living polymerization as a method toward functionalized and/or block copolymers. The research will take place in close collaboration with the division of material physics of IMO (Prof. Jean Manca) and the photovoltaic group of IMEC (Dr. Jef Poortmans) at Leuven.

Applicants must possess a master degree in (Bio)Chemistry, Material Chemistry or Chemical Engineering and should be interested in the field of materials science and polymer characterization. Experience in polymer synthesis or organic synthesis is a plus.

The position is voor two periods of 2 years with an intermediate evaluation. The grant amounts to about 1600 Euro/month free of taxes.

Further information
* Content job responsibilities: Prof. dr. Dirk Vanderzande, +32-11-26 83 21,
* Content terms of employment and selection procedure: Jef Vanvoorden, 011-26 80 80,
Applicants must use the official application forms
* which are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan - building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 - 11 - 26 80 03
* or which can be downloaded here pdf-file / Word format.
The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than Wednesday, October 8th 2008.
Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address: