Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF)

PhD position (m/f/d) on stimuli-responsive and adaptive building blocks for additive manufacturing

Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF)

Dresden, Germany

Job advertisment No. 184-2019

The Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research) – a member of the Leibniz Association – is one of the largest polymer research institutes in Germany, where polymer material research is covered in a holistic approach including polymer synthesis modification and processing as well as characterization, theory, simulation, and validation. To match the urgent demand for highly integrated, multifunctional, responsive systems for sensing, information processing, soft robotics or multi-parametric implants, we need to go beyond existing functional material classes. Along these lines, the research group ThieleLab aims at establishing a radically new approach for polymer material design, rethinking additive manufacturing on both
material and process level in the upcoming ERC Starting Grant project “3DPartForm: 3D-printing of particulate formulations utilizing polymer microparticle-based voxels”. Here, the research group ThieleLab offers a

PhD position (m/f/d) on stimuli-responsive and adaptive building blocks for additive manufacturing

The successful candidate will join a cutting-edge research project funded by the prestigious ERC grant scheme. The project pursues the idea that polymer material innovations arise from the way materials are made. The ERC project 3DPartForm will address the current lack of additive manufacturing providing multifunctional, stimuli-responsive materials, in which not only strongly different,
but most importantly functional building blocks with intrinsic time axis will be processed into true 4D-polymer multimaterials. The PhD position is devoted to synthesize functional and stimuli-sensitive macromers and monomers, and process these – in close collaboration with other project members – into microscopic building blocks for additive manufacturing. It will be of particular
interest that these building blocks can be later assembled into larger hierarchical structures that are not simply static, but able to guide, process and manipulate information based on light, electric charges or diffusing molecules.

To tackle these challenges, the successful candidate is trained in macromolecular chemistry and polymer synthesis, microfluidics is a plus.

The desire to path new ways in how polymer materials are made, to work across disciplines and discuss results with collaborators from other fields is essential.

Starting date: 01.04.2020 contract for 1 year with the possibility of extension for further 2 years

Salary: According to German pay grade TV‐L EG 13

Preference is given to severely disabled applicants, if they have the same level of qualification. IPF attaches importance to equal professional treatment of women and men. The data submitted by you in the course of the application procedure will be processed by IPF. IPF shall use the data for the purposes of the application procedure. No data shall be passed on to third parties. The costs
for the interviews will not be refunded.

If you are motivated by these challenges, please submit your excellent record of accomplishment with research interests, full CV, a detailed description of hands-on training in experimental and characterization methods, and contact information of two references to the Personnel Department.

For detailed information: thiele@ipfdd.de or thielelab.com

Leibniz‐Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.
Frau Susanne Otto
Head of Personnel Department
Hohe Straße 6
01069 Dresden



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PhD position (m/f/d) on stimuli-responsive and adaptive building blocks for additive manufacturing