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PhD positions

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials has the following job openings for PhD students:

* PhD position optical microscopy and spectroscopy of functional organic nanostructures (1.0 FTE)

(Date of publication November 8th, 2018)

Do you want to gain a PhD degree by using the latest optical microscopy and spectroscopy tools? Are you eager to unravel the mysteries of self-assembled nanostructures? Do you have a background in Physics or Physical Chemistry? Then do not hesitate: apply and join the Optical Spectroscopy of Functional Nanosystems group at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen on a (fully employed four-year) PhD position.

About us

Our team is driven by the desire to understand how things work at the microscopic level, also known as the molecular scale, the world of the infinitesimally small. Together, we will study nanostructures based on functional organic macromolecules (e.g. conjugated polymers). These materials have potential for application in novel photonic circuits. Our work focuses on developing a better understanding of the transport dynamics of electronic excitations, specifically of the (ultrafast) coherent transport dynamics. We aim at designing systems with optimized transport characteristics. Ultimately this should help to design new, more efficient architectures for light-energy conversion.

You will join us in brand new labs at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). You will collaborate with world-leading groups at site and at the Universities of Freiburg and Bayreuth (Germany).

Your challenges

  • you will implement Fourier microscopy (back-focal-plane imaging) and Fourier spectroscopy (energy-momentum spectroscopy) into a microscopy setup;
  • you will investigate coherence properties of the photoluminescence emitted from isolated supramolecular nanostructures (nanofibres and single crystals);
  • you will perform numerical modelling of the light propagation within supramolecular structures.


You hold a master degree in physics or physical chemistry and like to work in an interdisciplinary environment. If you have experience in optical spectroscopy / microscopy and / or numerical modeling this may be a plus, but it is not a strict requirement. Good written and spoken English proficiency is required.

Our world is science. We want to leap knowledge and drive innovation. We are convinced that this requires diversity and we believe in equal opportunities. Grab your chance and submit your application. Your complete application has a letter of motivation and a CV with contact information for academic references.

For questions and to apply please mail to Prof. Dr. Richard Hildner

* PhD Scholarship in Solid-state NMR spectroscopy (1.0 FTE) (B070218)

(Date of publication October 11th, 2018) Deadline for application: 31 October 2018, 23:59 pm (local time)

Proposed topics for the available PhD Scholarship include:
• Structure-function studies of amyloidogenic self-assembling peptides in context of bio-inspired and/or biomimetic functional materials, using solid-state NMR spectroscopy.
• Structural and mechanistic studies of self-assembly, toxicity, and propagation of amyloid-forming proteins, in Huntington’s disease or beyond, using solid-state NMR and complementary tools.
• Method development for solid-state NMR studies of molecular structure and dynamics in self-assembling materials, protein assemblies and bio-membranes.

Please use the link above to reach the full description and access the application form. You may upload your complete application in English as a single PDF-file until 31 October 23:59h / before 1 November 2018 Dutch local time.

For more information please contact Patrick van der Wel, group leader Solid-state NMR spectroscopy,

* PhD position in Polymer Crystallization

(Date of publication: January 25th, 2018)

We are looking for an highly motivated candidate for a PhD position in Polymer Crystallization in the group of Polymer Physics at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). The PhD position is funded by the prestigious Dutch Polymer Institute. The PhD project will run in close collaboration with world-leading polymer companies and with the university of Salerno. The PhD project will last for four years.

Aim: The PhD project will focus on a) understanding the interplay between shear and temperature on the structure of polyolefin films processed by cast film extrusion (CFE) ; b) developing an investigation method to detect surface structures in CFE films by using surface sensitive X-rays techniques; c) in-situ polymer structuring during CFE using X-ray synchrotron radiation (SAXS/WAXS).

Qualifications: we look for a candidate with master degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or equivalent, possibly with previous experience in the field of polymer crystallization and polymer processing. Knowledge of X-rays is a plus. Good written and spoken English proficiency is required.

The PhD position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.

If interested, please submit a letter of motivation and your CV including contact information for academic references to:

Giuseppe Portale, PhD
Assistant Professor Polymer Physics

Last modified:08 November 2018 11.06 a.m.