PhD student (M/F) - Enhancing coupling of fillers with rubbers by asymmetric functionalization of...

September 05 2017
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Full Time
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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 Nanoparticles (NPs) morphological and chemical engineering to enhance NPs - rubbers interaction.

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 synthesis of highly dispersive silica NPs able to cross link rubbers polymers. Innovative techniques for the synthesis of silica nanoparticles as well as their functionalization will be developed. Physical and chemical interaction (dispersion, cross linking) between NPs and rubbers will be investigated and optimized in order to enhance mechanical properties of the resulting nanocomposites. The assessment of the functionalization-processing-properties relationship of the nanocomposite materials will be performed, as well as their full characterization with focus on their physical-chemical and mechanical performances.

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 Chemistry (organic / supramolecular chemistry)

  • Strong knowledge in cross linking technology and surface functionalization, as well as silica NPs synthesis

  • Demonstrated competencies in analytical chemistry (MS, NMR, FTIR) 

  • Surface characterization (XPS) and Knowledge in nanocomposite will be highly valued

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

  • Proficient written and spoken English is mandatory

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 topics

  • Team 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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