Postdoctoral Researcher in Biobased Composites
University of Amsterdam Institute for Molecular Sciences

Postdoctoral researcher in Biobased Composites

Publication date 7 October 2019

Closing date 30 November 2019

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €2,709 to €4,274 gross per month

Vacancy number 19-653


The Heterogeneous Catalysis & Sustainable Chemistry group, which is part of the Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences of the Faculty of Science, is looking for a talented and dedicated researcher to join a challenging project on state-of-the-art biobased composites. This project, funded by the Netherlands Innovation Authority, is part of the public-private consortium on Biobased REsin CompoSIte Technologies (BRECSIT). You will be appointed as a postdoctoral researcher in a fixed-term contract.

What are you going to do?

The BRECSIT project centres on the preparation and testing of biobased composites, building on the discovery and invention of a biobased polymer in our group. Your work includes synthesis, analysis and testing of biobased composites and their recyclability and biodegradation under various conditions.

What do we require?

  • A PhD in either Chemical Engineering or Chemistry;
  • at least four papers in peer-reviewed international journals in English;
  • excellent communication skills in oral and written English;
  • proven experience in polymer or composite chemistry is preferred;
  • previous postdoctoral experience in similar environments is an advantage.


Our offer

We offer a temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 12 months. The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,709 to €4,274 (scale 10) gross per month, based on fulltime (38 hours a week). These amounts are exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


We recognize that preparing an application takes time and effort. If you are unsure whether your background is suitable for this position, please contact:
  • Gadi Rothenberg
About the Faculty of ScienceThe Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is an institute within Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. For more information see Sustainable Chemistry Research Priority Area.This temporary position is available in the project ‘Postdoctoral researcher in Biobased Composites’. The project is funded by the Netherlands Innovation Authority, is part of the public-private consortium on Biobased REsin CompoSIte Technologies (BRECSIT).

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 30 November 2019. Applications must include a curriculum vitae (max. two pages), a scan of the doctorate certificate, a list of publications, and a cover letter (one page). All these should be grouped in one PDF attachment.Applicants must motivate in their cover letter why they have chosen to apply for a position in this particular research project. Letters without such motivation will not be answered.    You can apply online by using the link below.    
We will recruit until the position is filled. The selection process commences immediately, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found, even if this is prior to the final date of the application window. 

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