PhD on Switchable and adaptive sustainable inks and coatings

PhD on Switchable and adaptive sustainable inks and coatings

Published Deadline Location
11 Mar 21 Apr Eindhoven
Within the research group Stimuli-responsive Materials and Devices at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) we have a vacancy for a Ph.D. position.

Job description

Research challenge
Plastics have their drawbacks: their production consumes energy and leads to greenhouse gas emissions; they are made from non-sustainable materials; they do not decompose; and less than 10% are recycled. Much progress has been made in making plastics more sustainable for larger applications. However, thin films, such as those used in coatings and inks, are lagging behind. The SusInkCoat project is changing that. Researchers are developing new materials, processes and applications to improve the durability, functionality and recyclability of coatings, thin films and inks. In addition, the consortium is training a new generation of chemical developers for whom sustainability and circularity are core values.

The task of Stimuli-responsive Materials and Devices (SFD) research group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) ( is to develop innovative and sustainable surfactants that can switch surface tension by utilizing photo-responsive groups in waterborne and solvent-free UV curable coatings.

The PhD project will be executed within the SusInkCoat project. The following universities and companies are part of this project: NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Polymer Technology Netherlands, University of Groningen, Eindhoven University of Technology, Maastricht University, University of Twente, Akzo Nobel Decorative Coatings B.V., Canon Production Printing B.V., Evonik, GFB Europe B.V., Polymer Technology Group Eindhoven - PTG/e B.V., RUG Ventures.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • We are looking for a candidate with a MSc degree in organic chemistry or polymer chemistry and a scientific attitude. Candidates with a MSc degrees in coatings technology or a related field are also welcome to apply but should have a proven strong affinity with synthetic chemistry.
  • The candidate should have excellent experimental and theoretical skills.
  • Promotor: Prof. dr. Albert Schenning, Eindhoven University of Technology

For more information, please contact prof.dr. Albert Schenning (

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station and be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together. In addition, we offer you:
  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Additional information

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact the hiring manager prof.dr. Albert Schenning (

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact HR Services, Ms. P.J. van de Weijer, HR-advisor,

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button.
The application should include a:
  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V37.7321


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Application procedure

Make sure to apply no later than 21 Apr 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).