PhD student (M/F) - Novel block copolymers design for tire application

September 05 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in partnership with Goodyear, and with the support of an Industrial Partnership Block Grant (IPBG) of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), will drive significant research and development focused on sustainable mobility and next generation tire materials.

The primary objective of the IPBG “Materials Research for Tire Technology” is to improve the understanding and performances of materials and processes used in future tire technologies. A future tire, as a highly complex composite material, needs to fulfill a wide range of performance criteria that cannot be achieved without expertise within chemistry and physics. The IPBG research project is then structured in four programs. Three materials-oriented programs (i.e., filler technology, polymer technology & additive technologies) that are supported by a fourth transversal program on advanced materials characterization. Within this IPBG, 13 projects will be conducted by PhD students who will be oriented towards exploratory research on new material concepts and mechanistic insights.

For one of the 13 projects, we are looking for a PhD student in the field of polymer synthesis and characterization.

Job description

We are looking for a researcher that is expected to strongly contribute to an ambitious project through the development of a doctoral project in the design, synthesis and properties characterization of new block copolymers. At this, each block should consist of random copolymers and possess different properties, such as variation of the glass transition temperature (Tg) in the given range. Various synthetic routes including reversible addition−fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) (co)polymerization and anionic (co)polymerization will be utilized to fulfill the task. The resultant block copolymers will be mixed with other components and tested in the tire production. NMR and IR spectroscopy, viscometry, GPC, DSC, TGA, AFM, SEM and TEM techniques will be applied to characterize structural, thermal and morphological properties of the synthesized polymer materials. The selected PhD student will be enrolled in the Material Science Doctoral School of the University of Luxembourg and will develop the research project both at LIST and Goodyear.

Required profile
  • Master degree in Polymer Chemistry or Materials Science


Mandatory skills

  • Strong background and extensive hands-on experience in polymer synthetic chemistry

  • Experience with standard wet- and air-sensitive chemistry techniques

  • Experience in use of modern characterization techniques including NMR, FT-IR, GPC, DSC, TGAThe ability to work creatively and independently, including primary experience in writing research reports and in scientific literature search

Moreover, these competencies would be highly valued:

  • Demonstrated competencies in RAFT and/or anionic polymerization

  • Experience in the utilization of AFM, SEM, TEM or mechanical testing of polymer films

  • Knowledge of Origin, Chemdraw and Excel

  • Collaborative skills, initiative, result oriented, organization, and capacity to work in an interdisciplinary environment

  • Proficient written and spoken English

We offer:
  • A fixed term employment contract for the duration of the PhD project

  • Very attractive salary package

  • Outstanding work environment both at LIST and Goodyear

  • Interdisciplinary and challenging research topicsTeam building and integration activities within the project team and with other research teams at LIST and Goodyear

Other similar positions within the same project are also available. Should you be interested, we invite you to visit and apply to the offers provided in the annexed box. Applications to more than one position are accepted.

This doctoral program is funded in the frame of the IPBG scheme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).

The LIST is committed with equality of opportunities and gender balance.

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