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PhD cantidate (m/f) Defect Engineering using Precision Polymers

The Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research is currently looking for a motivated PhD candidate with strong interest in interdisciplinary research at the interface between polymer chemistry and polymer physics. The proposed project in particular aims to examine the crystallization of precision polymers with equidistant molecular defects in the polymer chain. By adjusting the chemistry of those defects we aim to exploit the surface properties of lamellar polymer single crystals in order to design new templated nanostructures.
The successful candidate (m/f) will hold a M.Sc in chemistry, ideally with a strong background in physical chemistry and sound knowledge of polymer synthesis. Beyond the passion for and experience in research, we expect good language and communication skills in English, flexibility, focused research and the readiness to take the extra step of an interdisciplinary approach towards a PhD.  
The Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research offers excellent training opportunities in a highly collaborative research environment including physicists, chemists, engineers and material scientists. We provide a broad range of experimental methods, techniques, and specialized courses. Experienced technical staff is available to aid smooth adaptation to the high level instruments. The institute combines all the necessary specialized expertise from the creative design of new materials, their synthesis, physical characterization and theoretical understanding. Many outstanding short and long-term visitors are staying at MPIP.
For your application please submit one motivation letter, which states your interests to become part of our team. Additionally, please submit your CV, your degree certificates and an abstract of your master thesis. To complete your application, please provide the names and contact details of two potential referees. Please send the above documents as single PDF file to
The Max Planck Society intends to increase its proportion of female employees and expressly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities are preferred if equally qualified.

How to apply:
electronic application
Send application to
Dr. Ingo Lieberwirth
Tel: 06131 379 580
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Das Max-Planck Institut für Polymerforschung ist eine international ausgerichte wissenschaftlich Einrichtung, die sich mit der Erforschung von polymeren und makromolekularen Systemen beschäftigt.

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