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Postdoctoral position Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen (1.0 FTE) (220324)

Job description

The aim of this postdoc position is to develop novel polymers for cochlear implants. The primary goal of the selected postdoc researcher will be to synthesise gradient polymer materials and photoinitiators for crosslinking using 2-photon polymerization.
This project is supported by European Research Council and is part of a large consortium of academic and industrial partners. The postdoc will be required to interact with academic and industrial collaborators during regular update meetings.


Applicants must have obtained a PhD in organic chemistry or polymer chemistry or a related field. The candidate should also have experience in the following technical areas:

1) Organic synthesis including polymer synthesis
2) Engineering of polymer materials
3) Mechanical and spectroscopic characterisation techniques.

Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully are desirable. Strong written and verbal communication skills in English are also required. It is expected that the postdoc stays up-to-date with the recent developments in the field, develops research ideas, writes research papers and project reports/deliverables in a timely manner. Working together in a team of other PhD, MSc and BSc students who will work on relevant topics is required. It is also the postdoc’s responsibility to maintain some of the lab instruments.

The postdoc will work in the group of chemical product technology under the supervision of Dr Ranjita K. Bose, Dr Patrizio Raffa and Prof. Francesco Picchioni.


Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 33,500 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

The research institute ENTEG is an engineering science and technology institute that has the capability to analyse, explore and design new technologies that are based on the integration of fundamental and engineering sciences. As such, the research in the institute focuses on current and future activities in a number of processing and production sectors such as processing, high tech and discrete production and interface industries.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary from a minimum of € 3,353 (salary scale 10.4) up to a maximum of € 3,619 (salary scale 10.6) gross per month for a full-time position depending of relevant experience and training
• a gross holiday allowance of 8% and a gross 8.3% year-end bonus
• a limited position for a period of 3 years. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another two years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that the goals of the project can be met within the next two years.

The preferred starting date is as soon as possible after 1 December 2020


Interested applicants are required to submit (1) a curriculum vitae, and (2) a motivation letter.
In your CV, include a list of three references with contact information including phone number and email address. In your motivation letter, please specify your relevant experience that makes you suitable for this exact project.

You can submit your application until 20 October 11:59pm / before 21 October 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Dr Ranjita K. Bose (for enquiries and questions), r.k.bose

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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