PhD in Polymer Chemistry

Department/faculty: Aerospace Engineering
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2191 to €2801 per month gross

Aerospace Engineering

The faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world's largest faculties devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. In the Netherlands it is the only research and education institute directly related to the aerospace engineering sector. It covers the whole spectrum of aerospace engineering subjects. In aeronautics, the faculty covers subjects ranging from aerodynamics and flight propulsion to structures and materials and from control and simulation to air transport and operations. In astronautics, topics include astrodynamics, space missions and space systems engineering. The faculty has around 2,700 BSc and MSc students, 225 PhD candidates and 27 professors supported by scientific staff.
The faculty's mission is to be the best Aerospace Engineering faculty in the world, inspiring and educating students through modern education techniques and enabling staff to perform ambitious research of the highest quality for the future of aerospace. The working atmosphere at the faculty is friendly, open-minded and dedicated.

The Aerospace Structures and Materials Department (ASM) at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering is a world leader in the design of new materials, (hybrid) material combinations and structural concepts for aerospace applications. The three sections in the department, Novel Aerospace Materials (NovAM), Aerospace Structures and Computational Mechanics (ASCM), and Structural Integrity and Composites (SIC), and their Structures and Materials Laboratory (DASML), focus on complementary aspects yet have a common goal: safer and more environmentally friendly aircraft.

The NovAM group is dedicated to the development of novel materials for aerospace and other high-tech engineering fields. The group is truly international in composition and strives to be world leading in its selected fields of expertise: self-healing materials, smart composites and coatings, nano-structured polymers, and metals by design. In our research we explore unconventional approaches and focus on fundamental concepts but also develop successful concepts to a level suitable for absorption by the industry. We have a strong track record in preparing our students for a further career in academic or industrial research.

Job description

The NovAM group is looking for a PhD candidate keen to embark on a scientific project in the new field of (squaramide-linked) conjugated 2D and 3D nano-porous polymers and covalent organic frameworks with the aim of creating novel, functional materials for a range of sensorial and energy-related applications. We particularly focus on the synthesis and the characterisation of such polymers and are interested in obtaining both robust and possibly self-healing structures. Your work will involve new polymer chemistries and a range of sophisticated characterisation techniques. While we may make the step to actual devices, the main focus of the work will be on the material chemistry.


Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information, please contact Prof. Sybrand van der Zwaag, phone:+31 (0)15-2782248, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV and letter of application by 16 May 2017 to Shanta Visser,
When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR17-13.
If your MsC diploma and transcript are not in Dutch, English, French or German and you will be the selected candidate, the TU Delft will ask you to deliver a certified translation.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Aerospace Engineering
Master degree
Working hours
4 years
€2191 to €2801 per month gross

Closing date
May 16, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Sybrand van der Zwaag, Professor.

T +31 (0)15-2782248

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Shanta Visser/ASM.