PhD Position: Light-Adaptive Bioinspired Nanocomposites • University of Freiburg • Freiburg – Deadline: 15.12.2018
PhD Position: Light-Adaptive Bioinspired Nanocomposites • University of Freiburg • Freiburg
|Time Span||as soon as possible for 3 years|
|Application Deadline||15 Dec 2018|
|Type of Position||PhD – Individual Supervisor|
|Field of Research||Mathematics / Natural Sciences|
|Description||Light-Adaptive Bioinspired Nanocomposites|
In a joint German/Australian project funded through the Volkswagen foundation, this PhD thesis aims at implementing advanced light-adaptation mechanisms into self-assembling bioinspired nanocomposites based on molecularly defined control mechanisms. The project encompasses molecular and polymer synthesis, self-assembly into bioinspired nanocomposites and a rigorous analysis of the structural and mechanical properties with an emphasis on in-situ light-adaptation. The supramolecular motifs can range from direct molecular photoswitches via photothermal effects in hydrogen bonds to DNA folding motifs. A close collaboration with a partnering PhD student in Australia, as well as with the Australian team (Prof. Barner-Kowollik in Brisbane) will be an integral part of the project. We encourage exchange visits to Australia and to conferences.
We provide you with an inspiring and collaborative team atmosphere, cutting-edge infrastructure, and close interaction between supervisor/student.
The Walther Lab is an internationally leading lab focusing on the development of static and dynamic self-assembly concepts using (bio)macromolecular and colloidal building blocks and their connection to bioinspired and life-inspired materials research.
Your application should include (as a single PDF file) a short letter of motivation, your CV, a summary of your master thesis, a full transcript of your M.Sc. and B.Sc. study records, and contact details for two references.
The application period closes 20.7.2018 and the envisaged starting date is 15.12.2018.
The duration of the thesis is 3 years. Salary will be according to German TVL scale with full social benefits.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Walther (Andreas.email@example.com)
References: Adv. Mater., 30, 1802477 (2018); Mater. Horizons 5, 560 (2018); Adv. Funct. Mater. 27, 1616 (2017); Nano Lett. 16, 5167 (2016) (Highlighted in Science; 353, 787, 2016). Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 8653 (2015); Nat. Commun. 6, 5967 (2015); ACS Nano, 9, 10637 (2015); ACS Appl. Mat. Int. 5, 3738 (2013).
|Requirements||As an ideal candidate you are creative, highly self-motivated, ambitious and communicative to excel in scientific challenges, and have performed above average in your studies in Chemistry. A previous knowledge in macromolecular chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, colloid science or bioinspired materials is highly appreciated.|
|Language of Dissertation||English|
|Required Documents||CVReports, certificatesTranscriptsLetter of MotivationList of PublicationOthers : contact details for two references|