The Circular Plastics research team (https://circularplastics.ugent.be/ ) is a part of the CPMT group within the department MaTCh at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University, Belgium. We are a diverse and multidisciplinary team, with a strong scientific focus on structure-property-processing relationships in thermoplastic polymers. We apply this knowledge to improve the mechanical recycling of plastics, the scientific challenges in which often boil down to structure and behaviour of blends or otherwise contaminates plastics. The team is led by prof. Kim Ragaert, the current European Plastics Recycling Ambassador.
We are opening a new position for a PhD student to work on industrially relevant recycling challenges. The student will build his/her PhD on two parallel topics, which are to be defined together with prof. Ragaert. Examples of case topics can be (but are not limited to): recyclability of new flexible packaging films (taking into account all film components), ESCR improvement in recycled plastics, expanding of existing recyclability modeling with new polymers, components or applications. The PhD will combine both theoretical and experimental work, as well as a link to industry collaborators.
Start date is aimed to be June 1st 2021. The position is for 4 years, with an evaluation after 1 year (contracts = 1 year + 3 years).
- We are looking for a top-level PhD Candidate, with a significant background in Polymer Science or Polymer Processing. There is no sense in applying if your profile does not match this.
- You have a passion for sustainability and want to contribute to the circularity of plastics.
- You have significant knowledge and/or hands-on experience in polymer processing (extrusion, film blowing, injection moulding) and/or polymer characterization. You have a strong affection for structure-property-processing relationships in thermoplastic polymers and are able to develop your own research space in this field.
- You are fluent in both spoken and written (academic) English. You are able to work in team with other researchers, but are also able to work self-sufficiently when needed.
How to apply
You can apply by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, cc email@example.com.
This email contains:
• A motivation letter, which includes a paragraph and how you feel your knowledge is sufficient to fit into this team.
• Your CV, listing education, work experience, publications, relevant other activities and including at least two references
We are organizing a fast but intensive selection procedure. Applications are open until March 20th. Selected candidates will be invited for a (digital) interview shortly after. A final selection of candidates will be asked to write and present a research plan.