PhD on process development of bio-based materials

PhD on process development of bio-based materials

Published Deadline Location
10 Jul 31 Jul Enschede

Job description

In this position you will have the opportunity to develop your PhD in the field of chemical processes for the development of Bio-based materials for different applications. You will be working in creative and experienced research groups with extensive experience of practical research and access to unique experimental infrastructure. The work will involve experimental activities covering a variety of aspects related to the the production and physicochemical characterization of novel bio-based thermoplastic materials.

This project will be developed in close collaboration between the groups Sustainable Process Technology and Sustainable Polymers Chemistry at the University of Twente.


University of Twente (UT)


For this position we are searching for an ambitious candidate with:
  • a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering
  • You have excellent research skills
  • experience with experimental laboratory systems
  • You are creative, can work independently and you are a team player.
  • You have good communication skills
  • You are fluent in English

Conditions of employment

  • a fulltime position for four years.
  • a PhD salary of € 2.770 in the first year and increases to € 3.539 in the fourth year. The offer further involves: a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • a solid pension scheme
  • a minimum of 29 holidays
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • numerous professional and personal development programmes.


At SPT, we develop experimental and modelling research in the areas of biomass conversion, affinity separations, plastic recycling, water and CO2 capture and conversion. We combine our expertise in different disciplines (process design, chemistry, catalysis, modelling, engineering) to contribute to the development of sustainable chemical processes.

SPC focuses on the development of new sustainable polymeric materials. The SPC group develops novel synthesis strategies and polymeric materials to tackle different fundamental questions. The main focus of the group is novel (bio)degradable and chemically modified biobased materials, primarily based on phosphorus-containing polymers or biopolymers, such as starch, cellulose, or lignin.

Additional information

Send your reaction before 31 July 2024 via the provided button and 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.

For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact M. Pilar Ruiz (


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1847


University of Twente (UT)

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Application procedure

Make sure to apply no later than 31 Jul 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).