Novel biobased and fully biodegradable polymeric materials

  • // Netherlands
  • University/Institute Name University of Twente
  • University/Institute Name Department of Molecules & Materials
  • Attendance Type On Campus
  • Position Duration4 years
  • Position Funding Type
  • Application deadlineExpired

Position Details (PhD Program)

A PhD position is available at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) within the Faculty of Science and Technology. The research project will develop and demonstrate novel biobased and fully biodegradable polymeric materials.

There is a significant need for biodegradable polymers as a part of a new circular strategies in the “plastics age”. However, biodegradable does not essentially mean biodegradable in the desired environment or only under certain conditions. This project will develop new biobased polymers using green organic chemistry with a predefined degradation profile.

The project is based on the molecular understanding of polymeric materials and will be conducted within the Sustainable Polymer Chemistry (SPC) group in the Department of Molecules and Materials of the University of Twente.

Currently, we are looking for a PhD candidate for the project:

“A new road for protection groups: fully biodegradable polymers based on chemically-altered biopolymers”

The candidate will develop and demonstrate novel molecularly defined biobased polymers or chemically altered polymers can be synthesized and processed. Also, biodegradation in different environments will be studied. The candidate must have a background in synthetic Organic Chemistry or synthetic Polymer Chemistry as the project relies on molecular understanding of the polymers. Experience in biodegradation or handling of microorganisms (spores, bacteria) are desired.


  • For this position we are searching for an ambitious candidate with a Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry.
  • To address the scientific questions you will use a combination of experimental techniques including organic synthesis, controlled polymerization techniques and state-of-the-art characterization techniques for polymers.
  • For this project, therefore, organic or polymer synthesis skills are essential. In addition, the candidate should be fluent in English.
  • If you are keen on working in an interdisciplinary environment as an organic and polymer chemist and are looking for a challenging project, please contact us.


  • Fulltime position for four years, starting date immediately.
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • The PhD salary is € 2.443,- in the first year and increases to € 3.122,- in the fourth year.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.
  • A personal development program within the Twente Graduate School.


Your reaction should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation, a detailed CV, and an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure. Please apply via the provided button before 31 december 2022.

For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact Prof. Frederik Wurm ([email protected])

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