PhD Scholarship in Functional Polymer Films

DTU Chemistry
Monday 04 Jun 18

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A 3-year PhD scholarship in experimental studies of functional polymer films is available at the Department of Chemistry. The project will be under supervision of Professor Esben Thormann and is starting at September 1st as soon as possible hereafter.

The PhD project will focus on investigations of how different constellations of fixed and mobile charges in a polymeric film can lead to a local freezing point depression close to the polymer interface and how formation of a so-called quasi-liquid layer of water between the polymer film and an adhered ice layer can lead to a reduction in ice adhesion strength. A special focus will be on polymer synthesis, surface film designs, film characterization and test of functionalities but the project will also include design and construction of new experimental set ups for anti-icing measurements.

The successful candidate should have a Master degree in physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, soft matter or equivalent. Candidates who have experience with synthesis of polyelectrolytes, surface grafting techniques and/or characterization techniques like AFM, QCM-D and ellipsometry will be preferred. The candidate should further be highly motivated, able to work independently and should be confident in both written and spoken English. The applicant should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious and hard working. Only applicants with great talent, who seeks to be among the brightest in their field, will be considered.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further questions about the projects should be directed to Esben Thormann, phone: (+45) 4525 2439, email:

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.
We must have your online application by 1 August 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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