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PhD position Nanostructured self-assembled functional (f/m)

University of Twente (UT). Enschede (Niederlande), 03.05.2017

PhD position Nanostructured self-assembled functional materials


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Scientific fields
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PhD positions
Natural Sciences, Engineering
38.0 hours per week
€ 2191 - € 2801
University Graduate
University of Twente (UT)

Job description

One of the main research topics of the Elastomer Technology & Engineering group is filler technology for elastomers. These fillers are added for reinforcing, but also for optimization of the dynamic properties of the material, known as performance indicators for tires.

One of the latest developments in tire technology is the replacement of carbon black as a filler by a silica/silane system. However, the latter technology has its shortcomings, in spite of the advantages of lowering rolling resistance. Processing of these compounds is rather devious and time-consuming, as a chemical reaction has to take place between silica and silane during mixing. Besides, this filler system does not work for truck tires due to a high percentage of natural rubber.

Within this project, a pre-treatment of the silica will be developed, making the silica/silane reaction during mixing redundant. Two processes will be used for this purpose: Molecular Layer Deposition (MLD) and Plasma Deposition (PD). The modified silica will be characterized as such by surface-sensitive analytical methods and it will be tested in elastomers concerning reinforcing effect, mechanical and dynamic properties. Besides, the elastomer-filler interface has to be analyzed. Finally, the best process has to be chosen and scaled up for tire tests.


We require 1 PhD candidate with a strong interest and established experience in elastomers. Further requirements are:

  • MSc degree in Chemical Engineering or Material Science
  • Background in MLD and PD techniques
  • Experiences with experimental laboratory work
  • Analytical skills in surface characterization and elastomer properties
  • Critical and creative approach to the research, as well as sharp analytical skills
  • Pro-active and result-oriented team worker in an industrial as well academic environment
  • Capability to solve problems independently, but also being able to work with interdisciplinary teams
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills to organize research with both, academics and professionals
  • Being able to work in an international and diverse team
  • Good communication (verbal and writing) skills in English. You need to provide IELTS test results (minimum score 6.5), TOEFL-iBT (minimum score 90) or Cambridge CAE or CPE.

If you have any further questions about this vacancy, please contact Wilma Dierkes, Email:


Your application should comprise a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, contact information of 2 referees and, if applicable, a list of publications. Applications should be sent before May 25th , 2017 through the link below.

Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging PhD position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. As a PhD candidate you will be appointed in a full-time position for a period of 4 years at the University of Twente (UT). In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, a PhD salary starts at € 2.191,- gross per month in the first year and extends to a maximum of € 2.801,- gross per month in the fourth year. The University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (8%) and an end-of-year bonus (8.3%) and a number of additional benefits.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE and IGS.

Bewerbungsschluss: 25.05.2017